When former McDonald’s waitress Sarah Finch was fired from her job at the fast food giant for allegedly stealing food, she fought back by suing the West Wales restaurant in court.
Although she didn’t win her job back, Finch was awarded L3,000 for wrongfully being terminated from her position for providing a friend with an extra generous portion of chocolate sprinkles atop a McFlurry dessert which sold for 99p.
Finch said she was angry that she was charged with gross misconduct simply for giving the McFlurry she made for a fellow employee a generous serving of decorative sprinkles when the employee requested a “nice” dessert.
Miss Finch said in a statement: “I was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct. I was accused of stealing food.
“The matter was trivial, in that I provided a fellow employee, who was purchasing a dessert, a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces.
She also said McDonald’s provides no standard measurement for how many sprinkles should be added to the McFlurry and she felt she was wrongly fired and charged with giving away food rather than simply accommodating a customer’s request.
“There is no standard for such measures – they are always imprecise and will vary among customers.
“My colleague had asked me: ‘Make it a nice one’. So the measure I gave erred on the side of more than, rather than less than, the mean.”
McDonald’s has promised to give her a good recommendation for future employment.
A McDonald’s spokesperson added: “This matter has now been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The Employment Tribunal case has been withdrawn. No admission of liability was made.”
Part of the terms of the settlement is that Sarah will get a good reference from McDonalds.A spokesman for the McDonalds franchise said: “This matter has now been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The Employment Tribunal case has been withdrawn. No admission of liability was made.”