(WJLA) - Barbara and Carl Becker love their home, their projects, and each other. For years, three to four days a week, their afternoon getaway was this Culpeper McDonald’s.
"He likes to take a break, get the dollar sandwich," said Barbara Becker.
That is, until about two weeks ago.
The Beckers – Carl is an 87-year-old WWII veteran, and Barbara is an 81-year-old grandmother – say they were told by the manager, while they were still eating, to leave the restaurant.
"I've never had an experience like that in my life," said Carl.
"He said, 'you two need to leave now because your half-hour is up, and we need to clean this floor,'" recalled Barbara.
The couple did leave, from what they say was a partly empty restaurant. But afterwards, they fired off a pointed letter to the local paper.
The Beckers say they love McDonald's and say they will be back. After all, it's a part of their lives. But this specific restaurant? Never again.
Culpeper resident Ron Frazier has been in the restaurant business for 33 years, and says he is absolutely angry about how this couple was treated:
"If the place was full and they needed the seating... but just to mop the floors, it was really rude."
The owner of the Culpeper franchise, Bob Drumheller, did not return our messages, but told the Culpeper Star-Exponent:
"I care deeply about the comfort and satisfaction of my customers. My organization takes these matters seriously, and is investigating the customer’s claim.”
The Beckers say they have yet to receive an apology.
"It's so absolutely insulting that you have to leave and the man behind us is laughing," said Barbara.