Why can’t you walk through a McDonald’s drive thru? It’s a question hungry drunk college kids have asked each other a million times. But a recent class action lawsuit alleges that for blind customers, this McDonald’s policy is a legitimate issue—one that violates their rights under the American with Disabilities Act.
The suit, filed last Thursday by Louisiana resident Scott Magee in US District Court in Chicago, claims that operating a drive thru that doesn’t allow walk up customers after the restaurant lobby has been locked discriminates against visually-impaired individuals who can’t operate a vehicle on their own. The lawsuit states that it stems from an incident in August of 2015 when Magee tried to walk through a McDonald’s drive thru near his home in Metairie and employees “refused service to him, laughed, and told him to go away,” according to CBS Chicago, quoting the suit. Reportedly, he’s had similar experiences at McDonald’s at other times as well.