A McDonald’s in the UK has been slammed after staff refused to give thirsty firefighters free drinks.
The firefighters were battling a huge blaze at a DIY store in York on Saturday, when some of them walked to a McDonald’s a few kilometres away to get some refreshments, the Daily Mail reported.
British firefighters don’t carry money or cards on them when on duty, so asked if they could have some free teas, coffees and cokes.
Staff refused and it wasn’t until a member of the public stepped up and paid for a round that the firefighters got a drink.
A Facebook post about the incident was shared 6000 times, with most people condemning the fast food outlet, however some said the firefighters should carry money.
A spokesman for McDonald’s apologised and said: “We value the fantastic work of our emergency services and thank the individuals that dedicate their lives to protecting our local community.
“On this occasion, we would like to apologise to the firefighters who bravely tackled last night’s fire.
“They should have been provided with free refreshments on the night as a small recognition for their efforts,” the Daily Mail reported.
“McDonald’s will of course be happy to reimburse the member of public involved and we will be in touch directly with our local fire & rescue service.”