Most of us have relied heavily on takeaways being delivered to our doors at weekends during lockdown.
And burgers and fries have been among the most popular home orders on the menu.
But one schoolgirl has been more than dissatisfied with the service being offered by McDonald’s in her local area.
So much so in fact that she’s penned a letter to the fast-food giant expressing her dismay.
In a polite but firm note, 10-year-old Georgia May Hibbert highlighted her ‘disappointment’ that McDonald’s did not deliver to her area, despite her “deserving” a meal while self-isolating.
Urging them to reach a “compromise”, the youngster explained how she’d been looking forward to a meal from the restaurant after having to take a Covid test, and how upset she was when she discovered they didn’t deliver to her home in Chorley, Lancashire.
The thoughtful youngster even explained how if they were to meet her demands, a lot of other children would be ‘very happy’ – while it would help their ‘entire company’ as they were losing a ‘lot of money’ by not delivering there.
Mum Mary Hibbert, 33, explained that the letter was not out of character for the budding writer, who enjoys getting her opinions across.
“She was obviously a bit annoyed about not being able to have McDonald’s, so she took herself off and started writing notes,” said Mary, who works in children’s services. “She told me, ‘I’ve decided I’m going to do something about this’.
“I assume McDonald’s doesn’t deliver to our area because it’s a distance issue. But like she said in her letter, it’s only a 15-minute drive.
“We would usually drive out to get it ourselves, but we were having to self-isolate, so we were relying on a delivery option.”
Mary explained that the family had tried to order the food via the My McDonald’s delivery app, which uses Uber Eats and Just Eat as their delivery partners. But Just Eat are not the delivery partner for Georgia’s area.
So Georgia got writing and Mary shared her daughter’s letter on social media.
Written over four pages in felt tip, it reads: “Dear McDonald’s. First, wow! Excellent food but I think it’s a bit unfair for the people who can’t get this delicious food.
“I’m currently self-isolating at the moment because I’ve been in contact with someone with Covid-19. So I’ve done a COVID test, and for my reward I was going to get a McDonald’s for tea.
“But after I got all excited about it, apparently you don’t deliver to my house.
“I live about 10-15 minutes away from the nearest McDonald’s restaurant and think it’s odd and disappointing that you don’t deliver to me and many other houses nearby.”
She went on: “I’m Miss Georgia May Hibbert and I am 10 years old. I have CFS which stands for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So you could imagine how much I miss out on and sometimes I have bad days, and this week I’ve felt more down due to first paragraph. So that’s another reason why I deserved that McDonald’s I was hoping for.”
Georgia also cleverly stated: “Think of all the other children like me and you can’t deliver to them. Also, that’s a lot of money going away from your entire company…
“I hope we can compromise and in case you’re wondering, I live in Wheelton in Chorley and if you agree with me, you will make a lot of children near me very happy.”
Just Eat stated that while they are one of the fast-food chain’s delivery partners, they do not look after the branch that nearest to Georgia. McDonald’s and Uber Eats have been contacted for comment.