McDonald’s outlet called the ‘worst’ in Ottawa closing after 38 years


A McDonald’s in Ottawa, Canada, called the world’s worst McDonald’s, is closing after 38 years. The outlet, located on Rideau Street, made headlines in 2013 with a viral video showing a man pulling a raccoon out of a sweater amid an altercation between more than 15 people in a restaurant.

The owner of the building told CTV News that the store will officially close in April 2023 because it has decided not to renew the lease. This space is available for rent from July. From drug dealing to sex acts around bathrooms, the outlet reportedly filed 150 police emergency calls in 2022, up from 800 in 2018.

Another video from 2018 showed three men beating each other with a sign on the floor. The clip was titled ‘Legendary Rideau McDonald’s’. A customer who reviewed the restaurant on TripAdvisor even called it “vomiting and dangerous,” and a Reddit user claiming to be a former manager of the fast-food chain’s notorious outlet claimed that the customer even made death threats to the employee.

After several violent incidents, Police Chief Charles Bordeleau wrote a letter to McDonald’s Canada President and CEO expressing concern about “criminal activity and social disorder” at the Rideau location.

To reduce violent incidents, the 24-hour business hours were changed from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, and only takeout was allowed. This didn’t help much, but it led to a loss of revenue.

But the building’s owner, Peter Crosthwaite, told CTV that the pandemic, free rallies and the new subway that destroyed Rideau Street also contributed to the diner’s problems.

McDonald’s, meanwhile, will join the list of companies that have laid off employees in recent months, CEO Chris Kempczinski said, as it may lay off employees in some departments in April.

“We will look at our strategy and values ​​to guide how we arrive at these decisions and support all affected members of the company. We will start announcing major decisions from April 3,” read the CEO’s letter.


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