McDonald’s asks customers to keep their clothes on… and gets slammed for it

Would you walk into a McDonald’s store with no shirt on, or no shoes on your feet? Probably not. But

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?


  1. I maybe a prude, but I agree with Maccas – funny eh, if a young woman came in topless she would be told to leave and get a reputation????

  2. There’s only one thing sweet among the people. They never run out of anything to complain. Most are plain unteachable. It’s okay to be “easy going” but sometimes there got to be a boundary. That’s just my opinion.

  3. I agree 100% go somewhere else if you cant wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

  4. I have no problem with food outlets setting dress standards. It does sometimes make it difficult for me as I have pressure points in my heels and wear a lot of rubber thongs. Rubber thongs for me are heel heaven. I always carry another pair of shoes in my bag in case we go somewhere where rubber thongs are not allowed. I am talking about casual dining here. At Christmas in Canberra with my children we were out in the car and decided to have lunch at a favourite cafe of my children. I was glad I had dressy sandals in my bag.

    • Debbie actually you can talk and ask the management for consideration if it involves health issue of individual. Just a supposition. It’s either they will allow or apologise.

    • Zeph Anja I find it easier to carry around another pair of sandals. They don’t get much use so will last forever.

    • Debbie Bryant Debbie I have a problem in summer my ankles swell so I carry sandals & thongs in the car .

    • We went to a restaurant in Qld with one occupied table and they were prepared to turn three customers away as one of us was wearing thongs. I was prepared to walk away but the offender had his suitcase in the car as we were dropping him off at an airport, and he changed shoes. Once we sat we noticed at the other occupied table, a group of young women, a couple had thongs, maybe a bit flasher but nevertheless thongs. It makes no economic sense for a business to do this, we were tourists unlikely to reoffend frequenting the place in thongs. I can’t walk in thongs any distance any more since foot and ankle surgery so it’s always flat shoes for me.

  5. I don’t see the man in this pic offensive, however I wouldn’t like him walking about in speedos, and girls in skimpy bikinis, it is a family resturant after all,

    • A few years ago young women when pregnant walked around the shops showing their bare bellies I thought it wasn’t a good look ,must have been a phase as I don’t see that anymore .I was working in a Op shop one time when a young woman came in with a skimpy top showing her bare belly ,one of our workers said she was very tempted to take a T,shirt out to her .

  6. Bung on a shirt stick some flip flops on your feet at least before going into any shop. I don’t like seeing men strolling about the streets shirtless, keep it for the beach, pool, gym or your own yard.

  7. It may be old fashioned, but where have our standards gone? You are out, be it all at a public family restaurant, but a shirt and footwear should be mandatory. Thongs should be ok, but I have no desire to see bare chests in public while I eat. Some people have no pride in how they present themselves in public.

    • Roslyn Hart this is in one of the biggest beach holiday towns here in Victoria where people are in shorts and thongs all day, if McDonalds want people to dress more appropriately to meet their standards, then don’t build a restaurant near a BEACH because people won’t put on more clothes just to grab a burger and I don’t blame them.

    • Trish Daley I didn’t realise that Oak Park, which is the Macca’s in question, was on the coast?

    • Trish Daley it takes no time at all to throw a shirt on when you are going to sit down in a restaurant. If they are not going to sit down to eat then they have no need to be walking thru the seated dining area.

    • Robert this morning I heard that it was TORQUAY, however your right if it is Oak Park then that is a little different.

    • There will always be someone who has no standards , that sees nothing wrong with unbecoming behaviour . We were always taught and so were my sons not to go to the table without a shirt and leave off the hat . It is manners , what’s so hard about pulling on a singlet or t-shirt to go into a food place , or shopping centre , many many men do it . Geez , it doesn’t matter where it is , beach or country , it’s a food place . And it’s their right to ask for a little courtesy . Pubs do it all the time , shirts and shoes please .

    • As a teenager we went shirtless to the seaside fish and hamburger joint and took the goodies back to the beach to eat (and I’d probably do the same now, except that I try to keep the sun off my skin as much as possible). But I would not go shirtless at the Maccas in, say, Penrith or Blaxland.

    • I agree Rob, it’s a shame that some people can’t cope with the relaxed lifestyle of today, not UNBECOMING BEHAVIOR that is two different things completely.

    • Same as for air travel, sitting next to a passenger in an undersize singlet is not necessary.

    • Jan Edwards I don’t think it is similar at all! Requiring that a man takes his hat off is an arbitrary rule of “civility”. Requiring shoes and a shirt is more of a safety and sanitary issue. The “no shirt, no shoes, no service” sign is very common in Canada and the US. As a funny side note, I noticed the word thong being used and I assume it refers to the shoes otherwise knows as flip flops and not to be confused with the flimsy undergarment that show a smooth surface on ones backside. I had visions of customers dining while wearing their thong bathing suits.

    • Reminds me of the new Australian asking about the use of an IQ test to qualify for jobs and asked what would someone with an IQ of 50 qualify for and was told someone with an IQ of 50 would not know how to do his shoe laces up to which the new Australian replied, ah, so that is why so many Australians wear thongs 1

    • Anna Xanthacou Yes a thong in Australia is a what you call a flip flop, and the undies are called G Stings, cant quite work that one out.

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