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Video: Youth mob goes on rampage in McDonald's, abuse staff

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Apr 17, 2012 in Crime
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Wigan - A mob of about 100 teenagers went on rampage at a McDonald's outlet in the UK. The youths jumped over the counter, stole food, chanted obscene songs at female workers and threw litter and food in the restaurant at Wigan, Greater Manchester.
The video of the shocking incident went viral after it was posted to YouTube. It shows a rowdy crowd of youths jumping over the counter and invading the kitchen area, throwing litter and abusing staff. They chanted: "Oh Wigan Town is wonderful, it’s full of t**s, pies and rugby, oh Wigan Town is wonderful."
The staff panicked and pressed the alarm. Police came and broke up the action.
In celebration of the incident, a footage filmed with a mobile phone camera was posted to YouTube by the "Wiganstreetmafia." The video was accompanied with a gloating message: "It looks pretty sweet so I’ll keep it up for a few days considering how quickly this video has gone viral."
Mirror reports police will review the footage, which has been viewed over 60,000 times on YouTube, as part of their investigation of the incident at the Standishgate branch of McDonald's. The incident occurred at about 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.
Daily Mail reports McDonald's management said in a statement: "We were appalled by the deplorable behaviour displayed in our Standishgate restaurant. The safety and security of our employees is of paramount importance, and it is completely unacceptable for them to be the targets of any level of intimidation or abuse. On the evening in question, employees activated the staff alarm system which is installed to guard their safety and limit the need for confrontation. The alarm system alerts the central CCTV control room to any disturbance and gives them full control to monitor the situation. Customers in the restaurant at the time the alarm was activated will have been informed over the speakers that they were being recorded and that the police had been called. Fortunately, nobody was injured. But we are offering our full support to those staff members affected by the shock of the incident. We are also cooperating fully with the police."
According to Mirror, police spokesperson Sergeant Nicola Williams, said: "A large number of teenagers behaved in a wholly unacceptable way, the staff working in McDonalds were subjected to abuse of an indecent nature and were terrified. It is not acceptable to behave like this in a family restaurant. We have launched an investigation to identify those responsible and bring them to justice. If you were in Wigan on Tuesday night and witnessed the incident or have any information, please contact us."
YouTube viewers have expressed disgust at the behaviour of the youths. A viewer said: "Wow, I’m ashamed of my own home town. And to say I know some people in that video. Good God. Sort yourself out people."
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