A manager of a fast-food chain restaurant in İstanbul was fired on Friday after he slapped a Syrian child, drawing blood, for collecting french fries leftover from customers’ tables.
The child, a refugee who lives on the streets, went inside a Burger King in İstanbul’s Şirinevler neighborhood at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The manager, Ömer E., spotted the child collecting french fries left behind by customers. Ömer E. warned the child to leave the restaurant, before grabbing him by the arm, pushing him and slapping him in the face. When the child’s nose started to bleed, customers at the restaurant and then passersby grew upset with the manager.
Several photographs capturing the incident began circulating on social media, leading the restaurant chain to draw harsh criticism from the general public. A large number of social media users called for a boycott of the chain. After the backlash, TAB Gıda, Burger King’s main franchising firm in Turkey, issued a statement apologizing for the incident and announcing that Ömer E. had been fired. The statement said the company and the main brand consider the incident unacceptable.