“Would you like a shirt and shoes with that?”
McDonald’s and its newish Create Your Taste menu in Australia may be as claimed as being “very un McDonald’s” and possibly more than a bit la-di-da.
However, when it comes to the McDonald’s Oak Park restaurant in Melbourne, Victoria, imposing a dress code on its customers, it’s a bit like the notorious pickle:
Some want it kept in, others would rather throw it out.
Although it is not standard practice, or McDonald’s corporate policy, to implement a dress code across the McDonald’s stores in Australia, the Oak Park McDonald’s restaurant in Melbourne initially displayed the following sign:
No shirt. No shoes. No service.
Making it not so much a case of supersize me, as a case of refine me.
Sartorially speaking, that is. Ignore the menu for the moment.
The Oak Park restaurant is located nearby the Oak Park Aquatic Centre, and customers were known to enter the McDonald’s store practically straight from the pool.
In a decided serving of irony, advertising for McDonald’s in Australia currently displays customers fresh from the beach, including a shirtless male and a female in a bikini, in McDonald’s without an issue.
Maybe realising that Macca’s ain’t the Ritz, and its customer weren’t lovin’ it, the Oak Park McDonald’s revised its sign to:
For the comfort of all customers we request shirts and shoes to be worn when in the store please.
A McDonald’s spokesperson had the following to say on the matter:
“Our Oak Park restaurant had a number of customers coming in wet from the nearby pool which posed a slip hazard.
“The sign has now been removed and we are looking into alternate safety measures.”
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