Staff at a Croatian McDonald’s allegedly carried on selling burgers despite a customer dropping dead in front of the counter.
After efforts to revive her failed, the woman was merely propped up in the corner of the restaurant with a napkin placed over her head as workers continued to serve other customers.
The woman, thought to have died of a suspected heart attack, had complained of feeling unwell just moments after going inside the fast food restaurant in the southern town of Sibenik.
She collapsed at the counter and, despite emergency services being called, doctors were unable to revive the Bosnian woman, who lived in Denmark but had been visiting the area.
Staff have been criticised after they carried on serving drive-through customers after she was declared dead.
Croatian media reported that the body was in the restaurant for an hour-and-a-half before a mortuary car arrived to remove it.
Restaurant officials have claimed local media exaggerated the incident and said it was only the drive-thru section that remained operating while they awaited mortuary staff.
They also said that the main restaurant – where the body was – had been closed to customers.
McDonald’s was contacted for comment but did not respond to the request.
A paraplegic man claims in a Los Angeles court that GameStop and Marshalls violated his civil rights by refusing to let him enter their stores with his assistance animal: a miniature horse named Princess who pulls his wheelchair.
Jose Estrada sued GameStop and Marshalls in separate complaints in Superior Court, claiming they denied him and Princess access to their stores in Downey last month.
Estrada, who says he “has been a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair, and suffering from overuse syndrome of the elbows, shoulders, and wrists,” seeks injunctions and damages of $4,000 from each store.
“Plaintiff’s miniature horse, Princess, has been individually trained and certified by a professional trainer to assist him by pulling him in his wheelchair,” the complaint against GameStop states.
“The training further consisted of behavior modification, leading and heeling, turning on forehand and haunches, sidepassing, laying down on command, standing still, entering a handicapped-accessible van and confined spaces, and desensitization.”
Estrada says that both stores “refused to permit said animal to accompany plaintiff therein, even though they were told that the animal in question was a service animal.”
The complaint adds: “Princess’ height is 29 inches. Her width is 12 inches. Her length is 31 inches. Her weight is 115 pounds. Plaintiff has been professionally trained to control Princess and can do so without difficulty. Defendants’ facility is large enough to accommodate Princess. Princess is housebroken. Princess’ presence in defendants’ facility does not compromise the legitimate safety requirements that are necessary for its safe operation.”
Estrada is seeking damages for violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act.
Estrada’s attorney Morse Mehrban of Sherman Oaks said that neither business was in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“They haven’t been training their employees efficiently to be knowledgeable about people with service animals,” Mehrban said in an interview. “But the ADA requires that you implement a policy and train your staff regarding admission of service animals into your place of business. Including miniature horses. Miniature horses are not pets. They’re specifically trained to assist a disabled person.”
Restaurant staff carried on serving customers after a chef collapsed and died. Andrew Ah-Wong, 43, suffered a heart attack while working at the Fannie Bay Super Pizza in Darwin, Australia.
An off-duty nurse said she was “disgusted” to see customers being shown to their tables and orders delivered while paramedics tried desperately to save the man’s life. “People stepped over us to get to the kitchen,” she said. “They continued to serve food and were stepping over the body.
“I think it’s pretty disgusting – the worst part was to see that they were still seating people.” The 23-year-old registered nurse said she was dining with her partner when they heard the thud of a body hitting the floor. “He wasn’t breathing and I was over there within 10 seconds of him hitting the deck,” she said.
She and two other customers administered CPR to the man until St John paramedics arrived 20 minutes later. Restaurant owner Fernanda Ferro said the only food that went out of the kitchen during the drama had already been ordered. Ms Ferro said the restaurant closed an hour early at 10pm.