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'Focus should be on treating human beings as humans', Shaheena Attarwala

ANI  |  Mumbai 

Shaheena Attarwala, the person who bought a drink for the destitute child, who was thrown out of a McDonalds restaurant in Pune for being underprivileged, on Saturday termed the incident as unfortunate and added that the focus should be on treating human beings as humans.

"We had gone to Mc Donalds with my friends to attend the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad. When we left, a kid outside said he also want to have a drink and as it is not that expensive, I took him inside and made him to stand in line with me. A staff member came and dragged him from the collar and threw him outside saying we don't allow such people. It is extremely unfortunate; a human being should be considered and respected as a human," said Attarwala.

In a shocking incident, a street child in Pune was thrown out of a McDonalds restaurant when he entered to buy a Fanta float.

The boy was accompanied by Attarwala to the restaurant, who later discussed the incident on Facebook.

Describing the incident, she said that she along with some of her friends had gone to the fast food outlet when they met the child. Curiously looking at the Coke floats that she and her friends had bought, the child in sheer innocence asked if he could have some.

Attarwala went inside the restaurant with the child and asked him whether he would want to stand in the line with her to which he agreed.

The McDonalds staff, however, pushed him away, saying 'these kind of people aren't allowed' in the restaurant.

McDonalds later issued a statement saying, "We wish to affirm that we treasure and respect everyone in equal measure and do not support any form of discrimination."

The restaurant issued a statement saying, "We are investigating internally an issue that has been reported on an incident involving a street child. We wish to affirm that we treasure and respect everyone in equal measure and do not support any form of discrimination. We shall be examining if our employees have in any manner breached basic courtesy and respect and take appropriate action. McDonald's seeks to provide all our customers a safe and welcoming environment. We will always ensure that our guests feel comfortable, safe and looked after."

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated that he would get back to the media after he had collected all the information on the incident.

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First Published: Sat, January 17 2015. 15:19 IST