Would you walk into a McDonald’s store with no shirt on, or no shoes on your feet? Probably not. But there are many of regular customers who wouldn’t think twice about doing so. In fact, if you watch the fast-food outlet’s ads (pictured above), half-naked diners are part of the attraction.
However, a McDonald’s restaurant in northern Melbourne has come under fire for banning customers who are shirtless or barefoot from ordering.
The Oak Park outlet, which is close to a public swimming pool, initially put up a sign saying, “No shirt, no shoes, no service”, reports the Herald Sun.
However, complaints were made and a new, more polite sign that attempts to describe the manager’s reasoning has now been erected, saying, “For the comfort of all customers we request shirts and shoes to be worn when in store please.”
The outlet has been accused of double standards because of Macca’s current ad campaign, which features shirtless surfers and people walking into stores barefoot.
One customer of the Oaks Park store said, “McDonald’s is becoming oversensitive, a dress code has never been an issue in the past.Will thongs be inappropriate next?”
McDonald’s has made an effort to raise the bar in its restaurants in recent years, with the inclusion of build-you-own burgers, a move away from the yellow and red decor to a McCafe feel. Are their efforts quickly undone if diners were allowed to eat half dressed?
What do you think? Should McDonald’s impose a dress-code that encourages people to have all their clothes on when dining or ordering? Or is that overkill for a fast-food joint?