McDonald's staffer faked COVID-19 to get out of work: Hamilton cops

Daniel Fowler
March 29, 2020

Officers say the unnamed 18-year-old woman gave a falsified doctor's note to her employer, a McDonald's restaurant on Rymal Road, that claimed the teen had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Hamilton Police, officials received information from Hamilton Public Health Services on March 23 regarding an individual who had forged a physician's note with fraudulent medical information about testing positive for coronavirus.

Said place of employment -the McDonald's restaurant at 20 Rymal Rd.

The boss immediately closed the McDonald's and all employees were sent home to self-isolate.

It remained closed for several days, Hamilton Police added, with a professional cleaning company called out to sanitize the building.

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Investigators say they were tipped off about the fake note from Hamilton Public Health on Monday.

An 18-year-old from Hamilton is facing charges of mischief over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, use a forged document and make forged document.

Police said in a release the female's actions had a significant impact on the restaurant, local customers and employees.

"This is the stance we chose to take".

"We maintain that closing the restaurant was the right thing to do to protect the health and well-being of our people, our guests, and our community".

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