McDonald’s in Point Cook, Melbourne closes dine-in due to aggressive vaping by high school students

‘Aggressive and threatening’ teenagers force suburban McDonald’s to close its restaurant every afternoon as staff struggle to control rowdy high school students

  • A McDonald’s in Melbourne has closed its food services because of anti-social teenagers
  • The Point Cook fast food chain posted a sign on its door informing customers
  • Young people are accused of abusing staff, vaping indoors and vandalizing property

High school students vaping and causing trouble in the dining room of a McDonald’s restaurant forced the franchise to close its food section for an entire week as staff struggled to control rowdy teenagers.

McDonald’s in Point Cook, south-west Melbourne, posted a sign at the entrance last week explaining that food services would not be available between 3pm and 5.30pm, due to anti-social behavior by young people.

The memo says workers were subjected to abusive behavior by high school students, who also destroyed property and terrorized customers.

“Due to the actions of some school children from surrounding secondary schools who vape in our restaurant, vandalize our property and display aggressive and threatening behavior towards our staff, we had to close our dining hall from the afternoon and we will only negotiate through the drive-thru,’ the note reads.

‘Sorry for the inconvenience.’

The restaurant dropped the ban this weekend, but plans to hire security guards to be prepared for any future issues.

The memo claimed that the workers had been subjected to abusive behavior by high school students, who had also destroyed property.

Point Cook McDonald's in south-west Melbourne closed food services from 3pm to 5.30pm due to anti-social behavior by young people

Point Cook McDonald’s in south-west Melbourne closed food services from 3pm to 5.30pm due to anti-social behavior by young people

Locals who were there when the drama unfolded last Sunday flooded social media with support for McDonald’s, saying some young people in the area were getting “out of control”.

“They weren’t in uniform but they were just sitting there vaping, running around the restaurant, making out, etc,” one person said.

‘It’s not good for business. But as young as they are, in 7th or 8th grade, they can’t be touched and they knew it. The restaurant manager can’t even tell them to move.

“This behavior is not good for the new generations!”

A McDonald’s spokeswoman confirmed the dining room was closed between Monday and Friday last week in an effort to ‘restrict loitering and anti-social behavior in our restaurant’.

“These measures have been taken to protect the safety of our customers and our crew, which is our top priority. We reported this behavior to the police,” the spokeswoman said.

Locals who were there when the drama unfolded last Sunday flooded social media with support for McDonald’s, saying some young people in the area were getting “out of control”.

The fast food chain said its top priority is the safety of its customers and crew, and it is now working with police to resolve the issue.

The fast food chain said its top priority is the safety of its customers and crew, and it is now working with police to resolve the issue.

Another restaurant said: “I was biting my tongue and wanted to tell them to have some respect!”

Locals said the youths were also wreaking havoc in other popular locations.

“They were also spraying at the Sanctuary Lake Mall on Sunday arvo,” one commenter said.

Another wrote: ‘KFC must do the same. High school kids are screaming everywhere like two-year-olds and people can’t enjoy their meal.

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