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Furious McDonald’s customer kicks a glass door in after ‘refusing to scan a QR code’ 

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Shocking footage has emerged of a man kicking in a glass door at a Sydney McDonald’s after allegedly being asked to scan a QR code for Covid.

Security cameras caught the man’s violent tantrum at a McDonald’s store on Lane Cove Rd, North Ryde, in the city’s northwest, about 11.25pm last Monday, January 4.

Witnesses claim the man, aged in his 30s, went berserk after a staff member asked him to check in using a QR code as part of the state’s coronavirus regulations, 7 News reported.

The man waited to get his food then kicked in the glass panel of an automatic sliding door as he left, smashing and shattering the glass, and causing it to malfunction.

He can be seen trying to force it open using the full force of his body before leaving the store.

McDonald’s customers appeared to be shocked by the man’s outburst.   

NSW Police are now hunting the alleged offender who is caucasian, aged in his 30s, 185cm tall, of solid build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a black polo shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. 

Police have urged anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers in confidence on 1800 333 000. 

Police have now found and charged a second Covid-rage bandit who allegedly smashed an order register to the ground at McDonald’s on Windsor Rd, Kellyville Ridge just before 8pm on Saturday.

The man, aged in his 30s, went berserk at the North Ryde McDonald’s on January 4 after refusing to scan a QR code, taking out his temper tantrum on a glass door which he kicked in

After the glass shattered, the door malfunctioned and the man tried to jemmy open the doors

After the glass shattered, the door malfunctioned and the man tried to jemmy open the doors 

Police say the man had begun to order his food when staff asked him to do the covid-safe check in, by scanning the QR code. 

The man from St Marys in Sydney’s West refused and became aggressive, police said on Monday.

Police allege the man verbally abused staff, before he pushed the register and a printer off the counter and left the restaurant. 

No injuries were reported.    

Police arrested a 25-year-old man at Riverstone Police Station at 4.15pm on Monday and charged him with destroying property, using offensive language in a public place, and not complying with the covid public health directions. 

The man was granted conditional bail and will next appear before Blacktown Local Court on February 1.

McDonald’s released a statement on Monday saying they will not tolerate abuse in their stores.  

‘We do not tolerate any form of abuse or violence in our restaurants, and any anti-social behaviour will be reported to the relevant authorities,’ McDonald’s said, as quoted by 7News Sydney.

A moustachioed man allegedly became agitated after being asked to leave for refusing to wear a face mask and refusing to scan the coronavirus QR code at Kellyville McDonald's on Saturday

A moustachioed man allegedly became agitated after being asked to leave for refusing to wear a face mask and refusing to scan the coronavirus QR code at Kellyville McDonald’s on Saturday

The order register and displays can be seen flying off the back of the counter

The order register and displays can be seen flying off the back of the counter 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Monday that anybody who thinks it’s OK to attack staff who are simply doing their jobs by asking for a QR code must be prosecuted.

‘Somebody who has crawled out from somewhere and decided to actually start abusing staff needs to have the full force of the law thrown at them,’ he said. 

The two restaurant rage incidents show a worrying trend of community frustration with the new coronavirus rules aimed at curbing an ongoing outbreak in Sydney while keeping the city open.

The man snapped without warning and flung the order register and displays off the counter

 The man snapped without warning and flung the order register and displays off the counter

Instead of locking Sydney down and closing businesses, the NSW Government is trying to use contact tracing to manage the virus, for which it needs people to co-operate with QR code scanning.

Face masks have been made mandatory in public places to reduce any spread of the virus from asymptomatic people who don’t know they have been infected.

With the widespread rollout of the vaccine that will end the virus just months away, health authorities are desperate for their good work not to be undone right at the end.

Community frustrations are simmering however with police announcing on Monday they had fined several people for not wearing masks in shopping centres and on public transport.

Police charged one 55-year-old man for not wearing a mask at Central Railway Station on Friday at 7am.

They then charged the same man again when they found him at Campbelltown Railway Station on Sunday at 5.30pm without a mask.

Both times the man said coroanvirus was ‘a hoax’, police said. 

The first time he was charged with not wearing a facemask in a public transport waiting area, he was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on February 3.

However the second time he was charged not only with not wearing a face mask, but with breaching his bail.

Bail was refused the second time and he was remanded in custody to face Campbelltown Local Court today.  

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