According to the Manchester Evening News, the pair of workers at Manchester’s Oxford Street branch took thousands of pounds from the tills and gave the money to friends to place on high-rolling bets at the nearby Genting Club.
It is claimed that the original takings were put back and the winnings pocketed, but they then started to lose money at the casino and were unable to cover up what they were doing. The Manchester Evening News quotes one source as saying it was a security van driver who eventually found that money was missing, adding that ‘it had been happening regularly’.
McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We can confirm that two members of staff have been dismissed for mishandling money at our Oxford Street restaurant. An internal investigation is currently underway and the local police force have been made aware. Incidences such as this are incredibly rare and as soon as we were made aware of it we took swift action to protect our business and investigate any wrongdoing.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman added: “GMP were made aware of an issue in store which at this stage is being investigated internally by the company.”