Its a royal flush for McDonalds in the Loo of the Year awards

Its a royal flush for McDonalds in the Loo of the Year awards

Its a royal flush for McDonalds in the Loo of the Year awards

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Toilets at McDonalds are anything but bog standard, according to this year’s Loo of the Year awards.

The Galleys Corner restaurant was awarded gold status in the independent competition which crowns the best toilets across the county.

The toilets were judged on criteria signage, décor, fixtures and fittings, air quality as well as overall standards of cleanliness and management.

Nominations can be done by staff, customers, visitors, managers, owners or contractors are decided by an independent Loo of the Year Awards inspector.

Braintree franchisee Cherry Lewis-Taylor said: “We prioritise making every aspect of a visit to McDonald’s of the highest possible standard. We believe that everyone deserves clean, safe and well-appointed toilet facilities.

“We ensure that these high standards are across the board, catering for everyone including disabled visitors and parents with small children.”

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11:44am Sun 19 Jan 14

venturoboy says...

Aren't these the same toilets in which someone was stabbed last year?
Aren't these the same toilets in which someone was stabbed last year? venturoboy
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1:07pm Sun 19 Jan 14

pierre-pierre says...

its alright, they had mops handy for the blood
its alright, they had mops handy for the blood pierre-pierre
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5:41pm Sun 19 Jan 14

James Abbott says...

But when is McDonalds going to apply those "high standards" to those customers of theirs who persist in throwing their rubbish out of car windows ?
The rural roads south of Braintree in particular are affected by this filthy behaviour which costs taxpayers money through Braintree DC and local parish employees having to pick up the mess. Then there are the many people who volunteer to clear up the McDonalds and other fast food rubbish strewn on the verges - Costa and KFC appear regularly as well.

Until McDonalds take effective action to stop their customers doing this then talk of "high standards" is just empty words.
But when is McDonalds going to apply those "high standards" to those customers of theirs who persist in throwing their rubbish out of car windows ? The rural roads south of Braintree in particular are affected by this filthy behaviour which costs taxpayers money through Braintree DC and local parish employees having to pick up the mess. Then there are the many people who volunteer to clear up the McDonalds and other fast food rubbish strewn on the verges - Costa and KFC appear regularly as well. Until McDonalds take effective action to stop their customers doing this then talk of "high standards" is just empty words. James Abbott
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6:25pm Sun 19 Jan 14

noggynoo says...

James Abbott, How is it McDonald's fault that their customer's see fit to throw their rubbish out their car windows miles away from the store? They can't be held responsible for the actions of their customers
James Abbott, How is it McDonald's fault that their customer's see fit to throw their rubbish out their car windows miles away from the store? They can't be held responsible for the actions of their customers noggynoo
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1:13am Mon 20 Jan 14

James Abbott says...

So noggynoo you are presumably happy that taxpayers continue to foot the bill for this behaviour ? It costs parish councils in this district tens of thousands and the district council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to pick up litter. Now not all of that is McDonalds, clearly, but from my experience of picking their trash up here, it is the brand I see more than any other.

Perhaps you have never had the pleasure of picking up one of the bags of wet cardboard and plastic with half eaten food in it chucked onto the verge near your house - and your neighbour - and the house up the road, etc etc..

McDonalds in particular promote a model of drive thrus selling fast food.

They do recognise their responsibility - up to a point - by picking their litter up local to the outlets. They also are co-operating with a scheme to try and catch drivers who do this. Problem is - they catch very few.
So noggynoo you are presumably happy that taxpayers continue to foot the bill for this behaviour ? It costs parish councils in this district tens of thousands and the district council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to pick up litter. Now not all of that is McDonalds, clearly, but from my experience of picking their trash up here, it is the brand I see more than any other. Perhaps you have never had the pleasure of picking up one of the bags of wet cardboard and plastic with half eaten food in it chucked onto the verge near your house - and your neighbour - and the house up the road, etc etc.. McDonalds in particular promote a model of drive thrus selling fast food. They do recognise their responsibility - up to a point - by picking their litter up local to the outlets. They also are co-operating with a scheme to try and catch drivers who do this. Problem is - they catch very few. James Abbott
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9:07am Mon 20 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

It’s rather ironic that I happened to come across James Abbott’s comment only a few minutes ago.

I had just came in from my usual early morning safari along the boundaries of mine and my elderly neighbour’s house .

I have to say I was somewhat touched by the kindly consideration of the unknown nocturnal noshers who took the trouble to put all (well almost all) of the uneaten remains of their McDonalds take-aways back into the brown paper bags before neatly placing them alongside the kerb. Much easier to pick them and pop them in the bin before they get blown around then squashed and spread all over the highway.

Do we have a better class of litter lout up here in Planet Zog I ask myself. Maybe the uncouth Essex lot ought to come up here for a bit of etiquette training?

Perhaps Debrett's might even be minded to cover the subject in their ‘New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners’? I can see it now: ‘How one should dispose of one’s chicken bones, barbeque sauce cups, and those rather vulgar polystyrene containers when dining al-automobile’.
It’s rather ironic that I happened to come across James Abbott’s comment only a few minutes ago. I had just came in from my usual early morning safari along the boundaries of mine and my elderly neighbour’s house . I have to say I was somewhat touched by the kindly consideration of the unknown nocturnal noshers who took the trouble to put all (well almost all) of the uneaten remains of their McDonalds take-aways back into the brown paper bags before neatly placing them alongside the kerb. Much easier to pick them and pop them in the bin before they get blown around then squashed and spread all over the highway. Do we have a better class of litter lout up here in Planet Zog I ask myself. Maybe the uncouth Essex lot ought to come up here for a bit of etiquette training? Perhaps Debrett's might even be minded to cover the subject in their ‘New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners’? I can see it now: ‘How one should dispose of one’s chicken bones, barbeque sauce cups, and those rather vulgar polystyrene containers when dining al-automobile’. OMPITA [Intl]
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12:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

keith_l says...

I don't always agree with Mr Abbott's stance on many issues, but on this one at least, I'm 100% with him, and i congratulate him for his comments.

Supermarkets get fined when their trolleys get collected by Councils, pulled from rivers, etc., (which is why they implement either proximity brakes or £1 slots), so why not the same for McD's? If the Council litter pickers keep a tally of McD ltter collected, and the local branch is fined, say 10p per time, it will soon add up and cover the cost of employing additional litter pickers. McD will then take positive steps to promote responsible behaviour. For example, as they have CCTV on the drive through, they could print the car reg on the bag.

I think it is down to the profile of the average McD customer - mostly young adults, who are also the age group widely pervcieved to have no respect for society (yes, I know that there are exceptions, but there are also many who fit the stereotype).
I don't always agree with Mr Abbott's stance on many issues, but on this one at least, I'm 100% with him, and i congratulate him for his comments. Supermarkets get fined when their trolleys get collected by Councils, pulled from rivers, etc., (which is why they implement either proximity brakes or £1 slots), so why not the same for McD's? If the Council litter pickers keep a tally of McD ltter collected, and the local branch is fined, say 10p per time, it will soon add up and cover the cost of employing additional litter pickers. McD will then take positive steps to promote responsible behaviour. For example, as they have CCTV on the drive through, they could print the car reg on the bag. I think it is down to the profile of the average McD customer - mostly young adults, who are also the age group widely pervcieved to have no respect for society (yes, I know that there are exceptions, but there are also many who fit the stereotype). keith_l
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

er...i'll stop you there says...

You cant blame McDonalds for some chav throwing rubbish out of their car window im afraid. Its down to the individual.

I applaud McDonalds for any effort they make to tidy up after said chavs to be honest.
You cant blame McDonalds for some chav throwing rubbish out of their car window im afraid. Its down to the individual. I applaud McDonalds for any effort they make to tidy up after said chavs to be honest. er...i'll stop you there
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9:13am Tue 21 Jan 14

keith_l says...

er...i'll stop you there wrote:
You cant blame McDonalds for some chav throwing rubbish out of their car window im afraid. Its down to the individual.

I applaud McDonalds for any effort they make to tidy up after said chavs to be honest.
Unfortunately, it is not just "some chav", it is a significant number of their customers.
[quote][p][bold]er...i'll stop you there[/bold] wrote: You cant blame McDonalds for some chav throwing rubbish out of their car window im afraid. Its down to the individual. I applaud McDonalds for any effort they make to tidy up after said chavs to be honest.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, it is not just "some chav", it is a significant number of their customers. keith_l
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9:30am Tue 21 Jan 14

er...i'll stop you there says...

keith_l says...

Unfortunately, it is not just "some chav", it is a significant number of their customers.



Ok then, a significant number of their customers need to be held accountable for their behaviour. McDonalds provide plenty of bins for people to use and im sure they also fund a lot of other extra operations to try and keep the area in check.

Do you expect them to follow a car back to Honeysuckle Drive and make sure nobody litters there too?
keith_l says... Unfortunately, it is not just "some chav", it is a significant number of their customers. Ok then, a significant number of their customers need to be held accountable for their behaviour. McDonalds provide plenty of bins for people to use and im sure they also fund a lot of other extra operations to try and keep the area in check. Do you expect them to follow a car back to Honeysuckle Drive and make sure nobody litters there too? er...i'll stop you there
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