Woman cops $350 fine after heating up in Maccas drive-thru
WHEN Danielle Melissa Theresa Burt went through the McDonald's drive-thru asking for a free glass of water, she wasn't impressed to be told no.
But her reaction ended up costing her a lot more than a bottle of water would have.
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Yesterday she was fined $350 by the Rockhampton Magistrate's Court after she was convicted of public nuisance.
Burt did not appear in court, but in December she wrote a detailed account of her version of events on the Facebook page Bad & Good Customer Service, Rockhampton & Central Queensland.
That post ended up receiving more than 800 comments, 200 likes and was shared 172 times by incredulous Facebook users.
Yesterday Police prosecutor Constable Manon Barwick told the court Burt refused to leave the drive-thru and yelled and swore at McDonald's staff and police when they arrived.
On Burt's Facebook post she said she had been treated "disgustingly" and was shocked they refused "a paying customer who goes there at least once a day".
"36 degree day and mcdonalds STOCKLANDS absolutely refuses to give me a cup of tap water even though im pouring in sweat in a sweltering hot car," she wrote.
"Apparently I need to purchase something first."
Some of the more polite users questioned why she did not simply go inside the air-conditioned restaurant, buy something small, or walk into Stocklands where water is just a few dollars.
Burt then updated the post to let users know she had been arrested, and was given some water at the police station.
Several people said in Facebook posts they witnessed Burt screaming at staff members.