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Man Says He Wasn't Allowed To Buy A Cup Of Tea For A Homeless Woman At McDonald's

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Anil Barber was at a  McDonald’s in Bolton, England, when he noticed a homeless woman.

"I felt sorry for the girl as soon as I saw her," he told Metro. "She’s only young and she was sat with her arms round her knees, shaking because she was wet through from the weather,” he said.

Barber, 38, decided to approach her. “I asked her if she wanted anything and she asked me to buy her a cup of tea. It was the least I could do for her.”

Barber went to buy the unidentified woman a warm cup of tea, but he was turned down. “I was told by the manager that I wasn’t allowed to buy her anything as she’s homeless and I was encouraging her to beg.”

Barber left the girl with some money. "In that situation it is the only thing to do, I wanted to help her but they wouldn't serve me,” he told The Bolton News.

A McDonald’s spokesman said the incident was a misunderstanding.

“There is no policy of banning homeless people at McDonald’s,” he said. "The circumstances surrounding this individual’s ban have no link to her being homeless and our restaurant team acted in the interests of the safety of our customers and employees.

"We apologize if this was not made clear at the time.”

Sources: Metro, The Bolton News Image via Courtney Carmody/Flickr