Lincolnshire police were called to the McDonalds branch by staff at the Grand Parade restaurant in Skegness. The Lincolnshire Echo reported that the mobility scooter driver had tried to place an order but was refused by staff as the drive-thru is for “roadworthy vehicles” only.
The mobility scooter owner refused to leave, causing a delay to other customers for up to an hour. When police officers arrived, the man was breathalysed before being escorted away in a police car. Michael Ernest Green, 62, of Clifford Road in Skegness has been charged with being drunk in charge of a carriage – an offence under the 1872 Licensing Act.
A McDonalds spokesman said: “Following advice taken from independent parties and company safety risk assessments, it is our policy only road worthy motor vehicles should be served in our drive-thru lanes. This takes into account a number of considerations including space available in the lanes and the heights of ordering points and service hatches. Mobility scooter users are invited to enter into our restaurants and order food at service points which are more convenient for them, and most importantly, safer for the customer and crew when selling food.”
The 1872 licensing act was originally brought in to crack down on anyone caught drunk in charge of a carriage, steam engine, bicycle a horse or a cow. Mobility scooters are classed as a carriage and are not covered by current drink-driving laws. The crime has a maximum penalty of £200 or 51 weeks in prison.