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McDonald’s customer, Mason Prima, given ticket for using app in drive-thru

It’s a free and expensive meal.

A McDonald’s customer was fined $425 when he used his phone to claim a free meal at the fast food chain’s drive-thru on May 13.

Mason Prima, 18, said he was waiting in line in his car at one of the Golden Arches stores in Canada and was accessing the fast food chain’s mobile app when Saskatoon police arrested him. has stopped.

Mason Prima says he was arrested for opening the McDonald’s app on his phone while sitting in his car waiting in the drive-thru line on May 13. CTV News

“I barely move. I open my app and I look in the rearview mirror and there’s a police officer on a motorcycle behind me,” Prima told CTV News.

The teen figured he could clear things up with the agent and show he was using the app, which allows customers to pre-order their meals and use coupons.

“I just go like this and show him I’m on my McDonald’s app loading the code to get a free meal,” Prima said.

“I’m just trying to get a free lunch, but no, it turns out to be a very expensive lunch,” the teenager added.

Prima claimed he always used his phone when ordering at McDonald’s and was never arrested for it.

The teen figured he could clear things up with the agent and show he was using the app, which allows customers to pre-order their meals and use coupons. CTV News

“I was a bit shocked to be honest. I’ve never had this before – I open my app every time I go to the drive-thru and I’ve never had this problem,” Prima said.

Prima argued that he was not necessarily driving but that his car, a BMW, was “rolling.”

“I didn’t have my foot on the accelerator or the brake. It was just rolling. I barely move,” Prima said.

Saskatoon police fined Prima $580, the equivalent of US$425.

Although the fine represents a steep price for the teen, Prima is more concerned about the demerits placed on his license since he has only received one speeding ticket since he started driving years ago. two and a half years old.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police refuted Prima’s opinion regarding the traffic stop, saying the teen was seen on his phone before entering the restaurant parking lot.

“The RCMP can confirm that on May 13, 2024, the individual was observed driving a vehicle on a public roadway while using a cell phone,” the department said, according to CTV News.

Prima argued that he was not necessarily driving but that his car, a BMW, was “rolling.” CTV News
Prima said he was using the app so he could receive a free meal he won through the app. CTV News

“An RCMP officer from Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan conducted a traffic stop with the individual. The individual then pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot, where the traffic violation was issued.

A local criminal attorney says there is still some ambiguity regarding cell phone use and the law.

“I sympathize with the person who was charged here. If he was literally in the drive-thru area and not on a public road,” Brian Pfefferle told the outlet.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have refuted Prima’s claims and say the teen pulled into the fast-food restaurant’s parking lot after the officer initiated the stop. CTV News

“I would guess that a large majority of people would use their cell phones in queues like that and that it shouldn’t be considered illegal, but that’s obviously debatable.”

Prima is adamant in his account of the incident that he will not pay the fine and will instead fight the ticket in court in July.

News Source : nypost.com
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