Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A man was reportedly lying dead on a McDonald’s toilet for over a day without anyone noticing despite the facilities being cleaned numerous times.
The unnamed 48-year-old man went to a McDonald’s restaurant on his lunch break at around 12 noon in Neu-Anspach, a town in the Hochtaunuskreis in Hesse, Germany.
According to local media reports, the man was working on servicing the vacuum cleaners at a petrol station opposite the McDonald’s branch when he went to take a lunch break.
The following day the man’s boss called the petrol station to ask if they had seen his employee. The petrol station worker reported he had not turned up there but found his car was still parked there.
The petrol station boss then asked the Mcdonald’s opposite if they had seen him and workers at the fast-food chain looked at CCTV and confirmed the man had entered the eatery to go to the toilet but had not returned.
The petrol station worker then went to the Mcdonald’s toilets and called the worker at around 9 AM the following day. The phone could be heard ringing behind the cubicle door but went unanswered.
The man was reportedly found dead in the toilet cubicle.
Police were called to the scene and an officer reported: “We are not sure exactly how long the man was lying in the cubicle. Witnesses are reporting it was quite a long time.”
The cause of death is unknown and a post-mortem has been ordered.
A spokesman for the McDonald’s chain said: “McDonald’s and its franchisers have strict internal and external hygiene regulations and these are often checked. The restaurant in question is run by an independent franchiser. He told us that the toilets had been checked as is routine numerous times on the day in question.”
But added: “It is often the case that we do not talk to people in cubicles to protect their privacy. We are very sorry to hear about the death in one of our restaurants.”
The police investigation is continuing as is standard procedure for unexplained deaths.
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