Homeless Woman Was Dead Inside McDonald's For Hours Before Patrons Noticed

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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A homeless woman believed to be between the ages of 50 and 60 died inside of McDonald’s in Hong Kong hours before patrons noticed the slumped-over woman hadn’t moved. She was in the restaurant for 24 hours and was apparently dead for some time when her body was discovered.

"Officers arrived upon a report from a female customer (that a person was found to have fainted)," police said in a statement, according to Yahoo News.

"The subject was certified dead at the scene.”

The city’s Social Welfare Department said they were concerned about the incident. "We endeavor to support street sleepers to enhance their self-reliance... the subject is a complex social problem," a department spokeswoman said.

The woman has not been identified and a spokesperson for McDonald’s Hong Kong told The South China Morning Post that the fast food restaurant was disinfected and has since reopened. 

"To complement the modern lifestyle of people in Hong Kong, some McDonald’s restaurants operate 24 hours a day. We welcome everyone to visit out restaurants any time," the spokesman said.

“In order to provide a pleasant dining environment, we would not disturb our customers, but our service will be offered promptly upon request."

Sources: The South China Morning Post, Yahoo News Image via Bradley Gordon/Flickr