A McDonald's employee was canned for letting Adrian Peterson use their can.
You heard that story, right? A female drive-thru employee was on her late-night McDonald's shift at 3 a.m. when a man stood outside her window asking to use the restroom.
The inside cafe area was closed but she recognized the guy, Adrian Peterson, and decided to let him in.
When management found out, they fired her. The mother of three was out because she let Adrian Peterson in.
Here's the way we see it. The lady had a decision to make: Does she hold to company policy or, feeling that she can trust the person, let him in? By most accounts, Peterson is not known to trash up a place and has a good reputation, so she may have felt safe.
From corporate viewpoint, McDonald's has thousands of stores and more employees than live in your average city, plus they've had many robberies and shoot-ups, so their policies are for safety and the greater good.
Perhaps McDonald's will add a "Peterson clause" to their employee manual which states "If the most visible athlete in your community needs to use the john, allow him in." Of course they'll have to make a Brett Favre exception, a Tiger Woods exception, a Roger Clemens exception, etc, etc, etc.
The good news is the media came to the employee's rescue and shamed McDonald's into rehiring the lady.
So far, no jokes. What are we doing here? We have to ask how common is this policy. What other franchise restaurants will also turn down Adrian Peterson from using their restroom?
Why should McDonald's have all the bad publicity?
Silliman on Sports will do what we can to spread some of this ill will around.
Here are some other restaurants that would have denied Adrian Peterson restroom access: