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OFF BEAT: Fired McDonald's worker gets sweet reward


A McDonald's worker fired for being too liberal in her use of chocolate sprinkles has been given her legal just deserts.

An arbitration service in Wales awarded Sarah Finch $5,000 in compensation after she protested her dismissal from McDonald's franchise in Carmarthen, Wales. Ms. Finch, 19, was dismissed from her job after her employers claimed she slathered too generous a portion of sprinkles on a “McFlurry” dessert she was making for a fellow employee.

After being fired on charges of theft, Ms. Finch bought the case to an employment tribunal. The arbiters apparently agreed with Ms. Finch the matter was trivial and that sprinkle application is more art than science and will accordingly vary among customers.