Man gets kicked out of McDonald's for his "Barefoot Lifestyle" and is demanding answers as to why
Fifty-five-year-old James Graham lives a barefoot life. That's right, no shoes (or socks) go on those puppies. He's even run twenty marathons with no shoes. But this apparently is not acceptable conduct for McDonald's.
Graham went to a McDonald's in Bexhill, Sussex in England. He had already ordered and was sitting down when he was asked to leave.
Graham described the traumatizing incident to The Daily Mail:
"I went to McDonald's in Ravenside and ordered my food. Minding my own business, I just sat down waiting for the table service when one of the service people came up and said that I could not be in there without shoes on. I questioned her about this and she said the words. "No shoes, no shirt, no service", to which I told her that this was an old saying from hippie times in the US, used to restrict people from going into places."
He pushed back, but the worker eventually got their manager, who also said Graham could not have his smelly dogs out in the public eye. Graham protested, pointing out that several children were barefoot in the play area. So surely he, a fifty-five-year-old grown man, should also be permitted to air his feet in public. He followed up about the incident with the head office, who told him the decision was up to the franchise manager of the site.
McDonald's said in a statement, "At McDonald's we want to create a welcoming environment for all our customers to enjoy their experience.The Bexhill team informed the customer that for his own safety and for the comfort of other diners all customers are asked to wear footwear in the restaurant. When he refused, the customer was allowed to remain on this occasion and finish his food before leaving."
Graham explained that he began to live barefoot after his wife passed in 2013, and since then, he's just been "living life." He said some people are horrified by the nakedness of his feet, and others totally support it and "wish they had the courage and freedom to do it".
I personally don't care that much either way. I just think it's funny that bare feet is where McDonald's draws the line. Violent fights, chicken thieves, all good. When I worked at McDonald's, one of my coworkers was a convicted arsonist. And she was on the grill. But bare feet? Get outta here.