McDonald’s Employee Says She Was Fired For Being Too Generous With McFlurry Topping

A few extra bits of chocolate cost one McDonald's $5,000.

A few extra bits of chocolate cost one McDonald’s $5,000.

In my Dairy Queen days, friends would come up to the window and ask for free extra toppings. I’d refuse, knowing my boss monitored every transaction via camera and that it wasn’t worth losing a job over an extra pump of fudge. But a former McDonald’s employee has successfully sued the restaurant for firing her for providing a few extra sprinkles on a pal’s McFlurry.

According to the Telegraph, the one-time Big Mac-slinger in Wales has been awarded a £3,000 (around $5,000) settlement in her unfair dismissal suit against McDonald’s.

At an employment tribunal, the 19-year-old stated that though she was fired on the grounds of “gross misconduct” and accused of stealing food from her employer, she claimed, “The matter was trivial, in that I provided a fellow employee, who was purchasing a dessert, a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces.”

Saying that there is no standard measure on exactly how much of the topping should go on the McFlurry and that it can vary from customer to customer, she “erred on the side of more than, rather than less than, the mean.”

In addition to the cash portion of the settlement, the teen will also receive a positive reference from the McDonald’s, where other employers described her as “exceptional” during the 18 months she was behind the counter.