McDonald's worker demands mother pay for water consumed by daughter vomiting after chemotherapy session
Beth King took her daughter Lola to a McDonald's after a chemotherapy session and was told to pay for a bottle of water moments after it was consumed by the desperate patient
In a shocking report, a mother claimed she was told to pay for a bottle of water at a McDonald's moments after her cancer-stricken daughter, 7, who is undergoing chemotherapy and was vomiting, drank the water in desperation. After a round of chemotherapy, Beth King took her daughter Lola Griffiths-King to a McDonald's in Merseyside in the UK, as a reward. Soon after they reached the restaurant, Lola felt nauseous and began vomiting after the exhausting treatment on the morning of October 6. Lola was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January, which she suffered from since birth, and has struggled to eat due to the disease.
At around 3.30 pm that day, the seven-year-old asked her mother to be taken to a McDonald's with her sister Stella, 5. In a conversation with the Liverpool Echo, Beth stated that her daughter is rarely hungry since she started undergoing "intense chemotherapy" sessions. "Lola said she wanted to go to McDonald's and I said I'd take her because of her condition. She has zero energy and a low appetite so if she wants something, I tend to let her have it," she said.
During their visit, Lola began to feel unwell and started to vomit. Due to the exhausting nature of the treatment, Lola has lost a lot of weight and currently weighs just three stone and six pounds (22 kilograms). Beth believes her daughter started acting up due to the chemotherapy session at 9 am that morning, the Daily Mail reported.
The 30-year-old mother grimaced: "She hasn't eaten for days, while me and her baby sister [were sitting there] she starts to throw up as her chemotherapy wiped her out for the day. She was dead embarrassed, she is anyway, as people always stare because she's got no hair. The cleaner came over with a bottle of water, as Lola can't drink tap water, because she was being sick."
That said, the mother was shocked with disbelief after the cleaner at the fast-food giant's Liscard Crescent branch in Wallasey confronted the family moments later asking her to pay £1.29 ($1.69) for the water bottle. Beth recounted the incident: "The cleaner came back over and said the manager asked her to collect the money for the water. I asked for the manager to come and see me herself five times and waited 40 minutes, but no one arrived."
In response, Beth demanded to speak to the manager but was instead attended to by a staff member who said she knew nothing about the incident. "I went over to the counter and spoke to the manager and people in the queue were saying 'that's disgusting' and offering to pay the money themselves, but I told them not to," she said.
Beth said she was "appalled" and that this is the first time anything like this has happened since her daughter's diagnosis in January. Lola was rushed to the hospital the following day after being unwell and underwent a blood transfusion Monday night. She is currently in isolation at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
A spokesperson for McDonald's said: "We want our customers to enjoy every visit to McDonald's and to know how much we appreciate them. We would never wish to cause upset or distress to anyone who is in need and would always look to make people feel as comfortable as possible when in our restaurants. We are very sorry for any upset that may have been caused in Liscard on Saturday and we would be very happy to meet with the customer to discuss the incident in more detail."