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A horse owner who was fined after her daughter's pony defecated on the floor of a McDonald's said the animal had dined on McFlurrys on previous visits to the Manchester restaurant.
Drive-through staff refused to serve riders Christine McGrail and daughter Olivia unless their animals were tied up first, to the surprise of the mother-of-one.
"We've been to that McDonald’s at least half a dozen times on the horses. Minnie (the pony) likes McFlurrys," she told the Manchester Evening News.
McGrail said she mistakenly took staff "literally" when they suggested the riders enter the fast food outlet rather than wait with the horses in the drive-through queue.
“We were standing in the queue for ages. It was only when she did the poop, that things kicked off," she told the paper.
Pictures have revealed the damage done by a horse which was taken into a branch of McDonald's.
"I can confirm that on 20th July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane.
The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant and the police issued the woman with a Fixed Penalty notice.
"The health safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders or customers on horseback through the drive-thru."
A woman has been fined after taking her horse into a McDonald's restaurant.
She was initially refused service while in the saddle in the drive-through lane of the branch in Whitefield, Greater Manchester on Saturday.
She then led the animal inside, where it defecated on the floor, before police were called.
A statement posted on the Facebook page of Greater Manchester Police's Whitefield Division read: "The staff refused to serve the woman due to company policy. The woman then took the horse into the restaurant, who ended up doing his business on the floor.
"The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.
"Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff."