‘The restaurant remained closed for several days while professional cleaning services worked to sanitize the store’
Hamilton police have charged an 18-year-old female employee of McDonald’s in Ontario with fraud and mischief after faking a COVID-19 infection to get out of work.
The employee created a fake physician’s note stating that she tested positive for the virus. The worker presented the note to a McDonald’s supervisor on March 19, so the restaurant closed and all employees were sent home to self-isolate.
The restaurant remained closed for several days while professional cleaning services worked to sanitize the store, according to the Hamilton Police Service.
But on March 26, the police arrested and charged the employee, and she is now facing charges of $5,000 for mischief and $5,000 for fraud. She is also facing charges for making and using a forged document.
Ontario has recently passed two laws aimed at protecting jobs of employees who self-isolate or quarantine, while helping to keep store shelves stocked and giving municipal councils the flexibility to continue operations electronically.