Gay man claims McDonalds security guard asks them to stop kissing because it makes people uncomfortable – before saying it would be fine for a man and a woman
A gay man claims a McDonald’s security guard asked them to stop kissing because it was “making people feel uncomfortable” – before saying it would be fine for a man and woman to do so.
Matthew Dummigan says he was “insulted”, “belittled” and “patronised” when he was told by the doorman there was “no kissing” allowed at the branch in Leicester.
The 23-year-old was with four friends at the time when one of his male friends “pecked” him on the lips.
Matthew then asked the bouncer whether it would be “acceptable” if they were male and female, to which he claims the bouncer said “yes”.
The security guard has now been suspended while the fast food giant carries out an investigation.
Matthew said: “I was really upset and angry – it was horrific.
“He said it was making people feel uneasy.
“It wasn’t even a proper kiss, it was a peck.
“I’ve been out as gay for seven years and I have never witnessed anything like this in my life.
“I confronted him and said his attitude wasn’t right.”
Matthew says one of his friends was thrown out of the branch when he stuck up for the pair.
He held himself together until he got outside, then he broke down.
Matthew said: “Gay people can get married and divorced, yet they get told off for showing a bit of affection – his attitude was so outdated.
“I read about things like this happening in the papers but I never thought it would happen to me.”
McDonalds has confirmed it has suspended the security guard in question while its carries out an investigation.
A spokesman for the company said: “We are very sorry for Mr Dummigan’s experience when visiting our restaurant.
“We have taken this complaint very seriously and are conducting a thorough internal investigation and while this is happening have suspended the security guard in question.
“Our customer care team is in touch with Mr Dummigan.”
The spokesman added that the alleged incident would not be in line with the chain’s diversity policies and that the chain had apologised for the way in which Matthew was apparently treated.