McDonald's Resolves Standoff With Elderly Who Stay for Hours

The McDonald's in Flushing has agreed to extend seating hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By Sheldon Dutes
|  Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 6:55 AM EDT
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A Queens McDonald's has reached a truce with a group of elderly New Yorkers who lingered too long socializing at the restaurant, a state assemblyman said. Sheldon Dutes has more.

A Queens McDonald's has reached a truce with a group of elderly New Yorkers who lingered too long socializing at the restaurant, a state assemblyman said. Sheldon Dutes has more.

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A Queens McDonald's has reached a truce with a group of elderly New Yorkers who lingered too long socializing at the restaurant, a state assemblyman said.

The McDonald's in Flushing has agreed to extend seating hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A sign on the door previously said customers should limit their visits to 20 minutes.

The restaurant will also post signs in Korean and Chinese to improve communication, Assemblyman Ron Kim said. Kim said the owner agreed to work with his office instead of calling police in the future.

The conflict brewed when the franchisee said a group of seniors showed up every day and took up table space for hours, all while ordering very little food. Police had been called on occasion.

"It was more of a cultural miscommunication," Kim said in a statement.

The McDonald's owner also agreed to collaborate with local senior centers to provide transportation to and from the restaurant, Kim said.

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