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McDonald’s fires employee for letting Adrian Peterson use restroom

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently found himself out and needing to use the bathroom at 3 in the morning. So he went to a McDonald’s drive-through window.

An assistant manager saw Peterson, recognized him and let him in. But soon after that she was fired, apparently because her bosses found out that she let someone into the restaurant after hours.

“He’s a public figure. . . I know him better than some of the maintenance people that come in and out,” the woman told Consumerist. “I never thought in a million years that that decision was going to cost me my career.”

If it never occurred to her that she could get fired for letting someone use the bathroom, she apparently isn’t a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm, on which Larry David once got a nanny fired for letting him inside to use the bathroom during an outdoor party.

However, there’s a happy ending: After the media caught wind of the story, McDonald’s gave the woman her job back.

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55 Responses to “McDonald’s fires employee for letting Adrian Peterson use restroom”
  1. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    Adrian, hook her up. Some tickets or even some flowers. You can afford it.

  2. andyprough says: Jan 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    @MDS: “However, there’s a happy ending: After the media caught wind of the story, McDonald’s gave the woman her job back.”

    +++++++++++++++++

    Not her job – her “career”.

    Peterson should have given her a $50K tip if he had to go that bad.

  3. chicagoraven says: Jan 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    I actually side with McDonald’s on this. I used to run a McDonald’s as well as several other establishments. I have had instances where well known people wanted to come in and use the restroom after hours but as clearly stated in the handbook it is a fireable offense for security issues. Have i let people in? Yes. Did I do it at my own risk? Absolutely.

  4. normswifevera says: Jan 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    Peterson should get her a job with the Vikings. An assistant manager from McDonalds is probably more qualified for a coaching position than some of the people Chilly had there.

  5. onebucfan says: Jan 14, 2011 2:43 PM

    AP should step in and help take care of the manager…say a years salary??

  6. loytomaki says: Jan 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    3am and rocking the Mc’D drive-through with an overwhelming urge to pee? This guy needs to make better decisions, I want him to be a good guy but between this and the speeding I am afraid the next thing we are going to hear is about him getting a DUI or something.

  7. jaywhitelending says: Jan 14, 2011 2:46 PM

    I have to ask, has no one learned nothing good happens at 3AM in the damn morning. This is a funny story with a happy ending….

  8. omegalh says: Jan 14, 2011 2:48 PM

    Adrian, hook her up. Some tickets or even some flowers. You can afford it.

    ——–

    Why not 10 years worth of salary? Likes like 1/2 game check.

  9. huskersrock1 says: Jan 14, 2011 3:00 PM

    You mean to tell me there wasn’t a 24 hours gas station within 3 blocks of the McDonalds?

  10. g0p4ckg0 says: Jan 14, 2011 3:10 PM

    Silly, silly McDonalds! You should know that no professional football player will ever break the law!

  11. cletusvandam says: Jan 14, 2011 3:11 PM

    this reminds me of that stupid commercial where the guy sitting poolside sees that hot chick as adrian peterson… except that it really was adrian peterson and he had to pee.

  12. badkarma56 says: Jan 14, 2011 3:12 PM

    The actions that Mcdonald’s has taken over A.P using the bathroom AT McDonalds, Makes me want to use the bathroom ON McDonalds.

  13. 11inthebox says: Jan 14, 2011 3:14 PM

    Not really a story, but ( in the voice of the comic book guy on the Simpsons) “best headline ever.”

  14. beauregard says: Jan 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    As manager she is looked to for seeing company policy is followed. If the manager violates policy then what are the staff going to do when in a similar situation.
    Do you violate policy only for celebs, or does everyone get the perk. If you think you’re letting just one in and five more follow what do you do? She jeopardized the safety of the entire staff.
    It ended well this time, but what about the next celeb at 3:00 a.m. who has an intoxicated entourage who all feel entitled by their positions. It could ugly quickly and has disaster written all over it.
    Policy is there for a reason and should be followed, especially by the manager.

  15. turbodog1027 says: Jan 14, 2011 3:27 PM

    It was probably the referee’s fault

  16. mike83ri says: Jan 14, 2011 3:30 PM

    Nothing good happens at 3am.

  17. djrando7 says: Jan 14, 2011 3:34 PM

    I’m not sure why everyone insists on calling him A.P.

    His REAL nick name is A.D. Get it right people. If you think he likes being called A.P. just because the stupid media can’t get it right, you are wrong. His camp shirts even say A.D.

  18. Deb says: Jan 14, 2011 3:36 PM

    As manager, she’s responsible for the safety of the employees on premises–that’s why the rules are in place. She shouldn’t have personal discretion to break those rules because she assumes the person seeking admittance is okay. This time it was Adrian Peterson. What if next time it’s an employee’s spouse who turns out to be unstable and violent? But it seems a reprimand would have made the point without terminating the manager.

    As for Peterson … gas stations are usually built in close proximity to fast-food restaurants so he should have had better alternatives than a closed McDonald’s.

  19. spamrok says: Jan 14, 2011 4:02 PM

    Gas stations in cities don’t let you use the bathroom. And as someone who has managed for a few years now, it’s a joke that she still has a job. Allowing people inside your space when you are closed is a major safety and security issue.

  20. casanova214 says: Jan 14, 2011 4:05 PM

    hook her upp wit tickets AP

  21. packerhater says: Jan 14, 2011 4:33 PM

    chicagoraven says:
    Jan 14, 2011 2:40 PM
    I actually side with McDonald’s on this. I used to run a McDonald’s as well as several other establishments. I have had instances where well known people wanted to come in and use the restroom after hours but as clearly stated in the handbook it is a fireable offense for security issues. Have i let people in? Yes. Did I do it at my own risk? Absolutely.

    Why did you ask and answer your own questions?When did people start interviewing themselfs?

  22. deweyaxewound says: Jan 14, 2011 4:47 PM

    Corrected:

    P.S. I had a funny crack about Hamburglar and Grimace in my last version–but apparently making innocuous jokes about fast-food cartoons with hilarious is just too intense for our wise and mighty censors/protectors

  23. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 14, 2011 5:02 PM

    If that was your “career”, you got bigger problems than getting fired from it.

  24. laurdass says: Jan 14, 2011 5:03 PM

    C’mon Man!

  25. joefromphilly says: Jan 14, 2011 5:04 PM

    McDonald’s+career=laughs

  26. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 14, 2011 5:04 PM

    Besides, can’t AP afford to eat someplace better?

  27. northernbeaches says: Jan 14, 2011 5:10 PM

    He’s clearly making the most of the offseason already, nothing like a late night macaz run

  28. purpleguy says: Jan 14, 2011 5:11 PM

    Out at 3am and has to pee? I wonder why or where he had been? Lucky there were no cops around ordering french fries.

  29. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 14, 2011 5:12 PM

    Hey AP go get a glass.

  30. pervyharvin says: Jan 14, 2011 5:14 PM

    vikesdynasty…Well said. time to take back the site!!

  31. vikescry1 says: Jan 14, 2011 5:15 PM

    the viking’s should get her a job catering then maybe people wouldn’t bitch about there food… lol

  32. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 14, 2011 5:16 PM

    Think of it this way, at least it wasn’t Ben Roethlisberger.

  33. iamthorny says: Jan 14, 2011 5:23 PM

    Too bad she wasn’t a Packers fan and not opened the door…

    She could’ve kept her “career” without all the drama in getting it back, and watched him take an AD (aromatic dump) in his pants at 3am, which would make a far better story.

  34. gdeli says: Jan 14, 2011 5:32 PM

    was it #1 or #2? ha no picks this week, the games are too close to call on the afc side. falcons beat the pack and seattle will beat the bears. ap is a nice guy I can brag I had him sign my football!! But with the new dorm they are in in mankato,mn most players head out the back door after showering to ditch the autograph seekers. Not a good reason to get us to go to training camp that is already too crowded at 9am.

  35. triumphdog says: Jan 14, 2011 5:35 PM

    Okay…3am and going to a McDonald’s to take a piss is NOT typically a good thing…Fellas I am 27 and this has drunk as hell at 3am and probably shouldn’t be because I am a franchise RB for a NFL team (not to mention my fantasy keeper league) and I couldn’t hold my piss written all over it…Be smart All Day…

  36. arnoldziffel says: Jan 14, 2011 5:36 PM

    It’s been a bad year in Minnesota.

    Vikings in last place, Gas Bag Stadium with no parking lot and a hole in the roof, third round choice tossed away for Randy Moss, coach fired, no experienced quarterback on the roster, a third of the team unsigned for next season, StarCaps laying around all over the place …

    and now, their best player … running around at 3:00 in the morning … when NOTHING GOOD ever happens … and porking down tasty McDonalds food.

    Nice.

    Can’t wait for the 2011 season.

  37. 30ptbuck says: Jan 14, 2011 5:48 PM

    Why didn’t he just get a large cup…oh wait you don’t want to fumble that in your car.AP Adrian PEEterson

  38. fribnit says: Jan 14, 2011 6:05 PM

    would she have gotten her job back if it had not been someone famous? What if it had been a grandma that had the need? What about a gang banger that had the need and didn’t rob the place after all? I don’t understand why the fact that AP is well known makes it wrong to fire her.

  39. dempsey63 says: Jan 14, 2011 6:23 PM

    Where’s a Whizzinator when you need one?

  40. skoobyfl says: Jan 14, 2011 6:33 PM

    3AM, nice hours being kept there.

  41. deanvernonwormer says: Jan 14, 2011 6:48 PM

    If he was a New England Patriot he would have whizzed behind the dumpsters.

  42. kissbillsrings says: Jan 14, 2011 6:51 PM

    I could understand the fireing part if it was Childress she let in……

  43. orangejynx says: Jan 14, 2011 6:52 PM

    I think we are all missing the bigger picture…
    the breaking news is that Peterson was looking for a place to go in doors.

  44. Robert says: Jan 14, 2011 6:53 PM

    It’s been a bad year in Minnesota.

    Vikings in last place, Gas Bag Stadium with no parking lot and a hole in the roof, third round choice tossed away for Randy Moss, coach fired, no experienced quarterback on the roster, a third of the team unsigned for next season, StarCaps laying around all over the place …

    and now, their best player … running around at 3:00 in the morning … when NOTHING GOOD ever happens … and porking down tasty McDonalds food.

    Nice.

    Can’t wait for the 2011 season.

    Well said………….

    Los Angeles Vikings 2012…….

  45. travishenryskid says: Jan 14, 2011 7:00 PM

    Instead of ripping on the assistant manager for her “career” shouldn’t we be ripping the actual manager for his ridiculous power trip? The guy must be a real winner…

  46. mistrezzrachael says: Jan 14, 2011 7:00 PM

    We all love happy endings!!!

    Give Rexy Ryan a few toes…and whether or not you like it….you get a quick happy ending.

  47. skimbell says: Jan 14, 2011 7:02 PM

    “huskersrock1 says:
    Jan 14, 2011 3:00 PM
    You mean to tell me there wasn’t a 24 hours gas station within 3 blocks of the McDonalds?

    As Paul HArvey use to say…
    In a moment….the rrrest of the story…

  48. raiderapologist says: Jan 14, 2011 8:54 PM

    If your career depends on keeping celebrities out of the toilet at 3 a.m., you might be on the wrong career path.

  49. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 14, 2011 8:59 PM

    packerhater -

    People answer their own questions all the time.
    For example:

    Do people really still type “themselfs” instead of “themselves”?

    Yes. And apparently they hate the Packers.

  50. spamrok says: Jan 14, 2011 9:00 PM

    Mcdonalds gm’s and agm’s make lots of cash. So yeah, probably her career.

  51. commandercornpone says: Jan 14, 2011 10:38 PM

    or an empty pop bottle

  52. kchubb says: Jan 15, 2011 2:31 AM

    Don’t be silly Adrian Peterson…

  53. someonestolesociofan says: Jan 15, 2011 2:46 AM

    Well, at least he wasn’t packing a Packer Pecker, ’cause if that were the case in Minneapolis at 3 a.m., the dude better have a Pecker Packer or at least a Pecker Protector.

    And yes people, it’s A.D. as in All Day Peterson.

  54. 1twinsfan says: Jan 15, 2011 10:01 AM

    Folks, this was in Eden Prairie. Anyone familiar with EP? Midwest shangri-la. This McDonald’s is on a connected parking pad to Eden Praire Center, our shopping mall. No super close gas stations nearby. But AP, I know what neighborhood you live in. You couldn’t make it less than 3 miles down the road?

  55. theytukrjobs says: Jan 17, 2011 8:19 AM

    Maybe Peterson suffers from irritable bowel syndromme? That would explain all his speeding tickets as well as this latest incident. He does live really close to that McDonalds according to a source article.

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