WASHINGTON — An elderly couple who was kicked out of a Culpeper, Va. McDonald’s for sitting too long now has a free place to eat lunch every Wednesday.
The owner of Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ Company, also in Culpeper, reached out to the couple after hearing their story last weekend and offered them a free weekly lunch, Barbara Becker, 81, says.
The restaurant’s owner, Shawn Moss, says he also plans on starting a “scrunch time,” between lunch and dinner, when seniors can sit and chat over free coffee at his restaurant.
Carl Becker, 87, a World War II veteran, and his wife Barbara, say they were at the Culpeper McDonald’s on Feb. 21 at about 2:30 p.m. when they were approached by the manager.
The location is a place the pair has frequented for years.
“And he says ‘You two are going to have to leave.’ He said ‘Your half hour is up and we need to clean this floor,'” says Barbara Becker. The restaurant was not crowded at the time, she says, and the two were stunned. This was the first time they had ever been asked to leave a McDonald’s.