A man from Sussex, who lives his life barefoot, has claimed that he was asked to leave a McDonald’s after sitting down to eat without shoes on. James Graham said that he approached a staff member for an explanation, only to be told: “no shoes, no shirt, no service”. Graham said that he was sitting near a children’s play area, often filled with barefoot youngsters, and had not been causing any harm or nuisance. He has now contacted McDonald’s head office, who told him that it was the decision of the franchise manager for the Ravenside Retail Park branch in Bexhill.
Graham has previously run 20 marathons barefoot and recently completed the Eastbourne Half Marathon. He commented that while some people are “horrified and don’t understand” his lifestyle, others are supportive and “say they wish they had the courage and freedom” to live in the same way.
The statement from McDonald’s read: “At McDonald’s we want to create a welcoming environment for all our customers to enjoy their experience. The Bexhill team informed the customer that for his own safety and for the comfort of other diners all customers are asked to wear footwear in the restaurant. When he refused, the customer was allowed to remain on this occasion and finish his food before leaving.”