A manager at a branch of McDonald’s has been jailed after he humiliated a woman by pulling her trousers down in front of shocked customers.
Stuart Hubbard sneaked up behind the woman while the branch in Nottingham was open at 1am on February 18 and exposed her buttocks.
The victim later complained but a judge has criticised the fast food giant for not investigating until another customer spoke out.
Hubbard was initially suspended before being moved to another branch with a final warning but he was later arrested.
Suspended: Hubbard was initially moved to another branch following the incident (SWNS)
The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault at Nottingham Crown Court.
Jailing him for 28 days, Judge Stuart Rafferty told him: “You pulled down her baggy tracksuit bottoms and exposed what is a private part of the body to 12 customers and five members of staff.
“In her victim impact statement she says ‘I was totally humiliated by the entire incident’.
“She is now haunted as to whether strangers who were in the restaurant that morning will see her in the street and say ‘there she is, there is the girl whose buttocks were exposed in McDonald’s’.”
Regret: McDonald’s said it was “unacceptable” that they didn’t investigate quicker (SWNS)
Martin Smith, defending, said his client carried out the act in “a moment of madness”, adding: “He knows it was a gross error of judgment which had a devastating impact on his victim.”
Hubbard was also ordered to pay his victim £500 in compensation.
Following the sentencing, a McDonald’s spokesman said: “We regret that anyone feels we were slow to respond to this matter, which was inappropriate and unacceptable.
“As soon as we were made aware of the incident he was immediately suspended while we carried out a thorough investigation.”
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