McDonald's waitress wins 3,000 out-of- court settlement after she was sacked for sprinkling 'over-generous' serving of chocolate on a colleague's McFlurry Student Sarah Finch was fired by McDonald's in Carmarthen, West WalesShe was accused of gross misconduct after 'giving away free food'Bosses had described the 19-year-old as 'exceptional' before sacking herMother Tessa Finch said they had the burger giant 'firmly by the knackers'
13:51 GMT, 18 December 2012
Not lovin' it: Student Sarah Finch has been handed 3,000 compensation after she was sacked for sprinkling too much chocolate on a McFlurry
A McDonald's worker who was fired for sprinkling too much chocolate on a friend's McFlurry has been handed 3,000 in compensation after taking on the fast-food giant.
Sarah Finch, 19, was sacked for gross misconduct after bosses accused her of giving away food after serving a workmate extra chocolate topping on the 99p ice-cream.
But the restaurant chain paid furious Sarah more than 3,000 compensation in an out-of-court settlement today after she refused to accept her sacking.
She said: The matter was trivial, in that I provided a fellow employee, who was purchasing a dessert, a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces.
'There is no standard for such measures – they are always imprecise and will vary among customers.
'My colleague had asked me: “Make it a nice one”.
'So the measure I gave erred on the side of more than, rather than less than, the mean.'
Her mother, accountant Tessa Finch, added: 'We've been instructed not to say anything and I have to stand by that.
'But we had them firmly by the knackers and they had to pay up.'
Student Sarah earned just 180-a-week at the branch of McDonald's in Carmarthen, West Wales, where she had worked for 18-months.
She claimed unfair dismissal against
Lonetree, a franchise company which runs a string of McDonald's
restaurants, but an out of court settlement was reached when the
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service stepped in.
Payout: The McDonalds restaurant in Carmarthen, west Wales, where Sarah Finch had worked for 18 months
'Trivial': Sarah Finch was sacked for sprinkling too much chocolate on a 99p McFlurry
Her solicitor Darren Newman said: 'With the assistance of ACAS we have reached a resolution – the tribunal is being withdrawn and there is no additional mention of liability.
'The parties have agreed not to disclose any more information apart from that the issue has now been resolved.'
Sarah, from Kidwelly, West Wales, now studying for A-levels in chemistry, physics and biology, was described as an 'exceptional employee' before being sacked.
Part of the terms of the settlement is that Sarah will get a good reference from McDonalds.
A spokesman for the McDonalds franchise said: 'This matter has now been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.
'The Employment Tribunal case has been withdrawn. No admission of liability was made.”