McDonald’s customers step over dying disabled man ‘to get to counter’

‘Nobody appeared to notice his condition until it was too late’

Customers at McDonald’s stepped over a disabled man as he choked to death on his meal in order to “get to the counter”, an inquest heard.

Mike Ore, who had spina bifida and used a wheelchair, collapsed when food blocked his oesophagus as he ate at the fast-food chain’s Cheltenham restaurant, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.

According to CCTV footage the 47-year-old lay choking for three minutes before anyone came to his assistance.

A man who helped Mr Ore said he witnessed several customers step over him so they could be served on 8 July.

Customer Johnny Langden said: “He had turned purple in colour and I realised that he was dying.

“I could not believe it, but some customers stepped over his body to get to the counter.”

Coroner David Dooley said no one noticed Mr Ore’s condition “until it was too late”.

The inquest heard Mr Ore suffered from gout, alcohol problems and was a heavy smoker, which can lead to a lack of co-ordination and the impairment of the swallowing reflux, making choking more likely.

“The deceased had been drinking prior to visiting the restaurant and the alcohol could have inhibited the swallowing reflux. Unfortunately nobody appeared to notice his condition until it was too late.”

The coroner concluded Mr Ore’s death was accidental.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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