Most working parents have moments when their childcare arrangements fall through - that's all part of the juggling act of being a working parent. But if your childcare provider let you down at the last minute, would you consider simply turning up to work with your baby in tow?
That's what a McDonald's employee did, according to the Independent. The newspaper reports:
A baby was left sitting behind the counter of a McDonald’s while his mother served customers because his childminder had cancelled.
Jesse Wright, 22, from the university town, took a photo of the child when buying breakfast at the counter, the Sun reports.
Mr Wright added that staff were quick to remove the child, who appeared to be eating a McDonald's meal, once he was spotted taking the photograph.
The newspaper also reports that the mother was sent home, and that the staff team have been advised that bringing a baby into the kitchen was a "wholly unacceptable" scenario.
Sigh. I feel kind of sorry for the mum in question. Granted, her superior should probably have explained that bringing her baby into work wasn't a sensible option in the face of a childcare crisis, but at least she made the effort to fulfill her work commitments.
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