Cop freebies at Maccas should end

14 May

Unite Union has charged the police of bias against them during recent pickets outside McDonald’s stores and asks if this is because they get at least a 50% discount off all meals at the fast food giant.

"Union members have told us that they have been ordered to give the discount to police," says Unite National Director Mike Treen. "Some members were also upset that the policy did not apply to ambulance officers whose jobs are equally important.

"I have already written to the police to complained about their aggressive and biased policing tactics during recent pickets in Auckland. (See

"It seems reasonable to ask if this police behavior is not at least in part the result of the special treatment and favors they receive from the company."

The official police code of conduct states that "no member of police shall solicit for personal gain, or accept a discount on any goods or services where that discount is offered because that person is a member of police". (See

Police have been banned from accepting such discounts overseas.

"The union will be writing to the company to ask them to stop the discount policy to remove the perception of bias,’ said Mr Treen.


3 Responses to “Cop freebies at Maccas should end”

  1. Rose August 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Having worked for three years at two different McDonalds full time in NZ i have never been asked to or told to give Police discount, no Police officer I served has asked for any special treatment, and I have served near if not more than a hundred police uniformed officers, this makes me question if these union staff members are telling the truth or not

    • unitenews August 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      The Police Commissioner himself sent a letter warning cops not to take discounts, The company was asked to stop it by police head office in 2002 and 2007 and we have photos of the discount actually programmed into cash registers – that is how prevalent the practice was at some stores. The herald has reported on it before: I’m not sure what other evidence you need. “There are none so blind as those that will not see”


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