According to Sarah, she was fired for putting too much chocolate pieces in her co-worker’s order. Her colleague was purchasing the dessert and asked Sarah to “make it a nice one.”
She was soon fired by her bosses and accused of stealing food. Sarah is now taking the bosses of the restaurant to an employment tribunal.
She said, “The matter was trivial, in that I provided a fellow employee, who was purchasing a dessert, a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces.”
“There is no standard for such measures – they are always imprecise and will vary among customers.”
Before the incident, Sarah worked for McDonald’s for 18 months and according to management was an “exceptional employee.”
Sarah believes the issue was that she knew the person she gave the extra helping to. If it wasn’t somebody she knew, she probably wouldn’t even have a warning from management.
Managing director Ron Mounsey said they backed the decision of the manager because Sarah “gave away food to someone without receiving a payment.”
In his letter to Sarah’s mother, Tessa, Mounsey said, “You may feel it is trivial, but with the 740 employees in my business, if my management team were just to overlook such incidents then quickly it would become a free for all.”