McDonald's staffer faked COVID-19 to get out of work: Hamilton cops

Andrew Cummings
March 29, 2020

Hamilton police say that on March 19, an 18-year-old female employee of a McDonald's on Rymal Road presented a fake doctor's note to her supervisor, indicating she had tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, police were tipped from Hamilton Public Health Services about an individual who allegedly came up with a fake doctor's note with fraudulent medical information about testing positive for COVID-19. The restaurant immediately closed the restaurant and sent all other employees home to self-isolate on March 19th.

She's facing multiple charges including mischief over $5000, fraud over $5000 and making and using a forged document.

"The restaurant remained closed for several days while professional cleaning services worked to sanitize the store", Hamilton police said Friday.

Officers said the ordeal has had a "significant impact" on the restaurant.

Police aren't releasing her name, even though it will become public on May 18 when she appears in court.

"We maintain that closing the restaurant was the right thing to do to protect the health and well-being of our people, our guests, and our community", she added, noting the restaurant chain fully cooperated with police once "when the fraud was confirmed".

"We take these allegations seriously".

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