Fast-food behemoth McDonald's has come under fire after one of its stores in Croatia allegedly continued to serve food for more than an hour and a half after a woman dropped dead of a heart attack inside the restaurant.
The Sunreports that the macabre incident happened in the city of Šibenik, on the Adriatic coast between Zadar and Split.
A woman had entered the restaurant with her husband Sunday evening reportedly and began complaining of chest pains. According to the Daily Mail, she collapsed at the counter as her husband frantically phoned for an ambulance.
Employees then allegedly covered her with a white sheet and continued serving food both inside the store and at the drive-through window.
Managers allegedly kept the restaurant open until a coroner arrived more than an hour and a half later.
"No one closed the restaurant, which would normally have been done at any other place, especially a fast-food restaurant," one shocked customer is quoted in the Sun.
"Police were notified of the fatality about 7:45 p.m., and the coroner took the body around 9:15," a police spokeswoman said. "We did not order the closure of the restaurant because at this point we cannot say for sure if food preparation was happening," she added.
A spokesman for Global Food Company, owner of the McDonald's franchise where the incident occurred, claimed the restaurant closed after the woman died.