A mom who publicized her findings of deadly bacteria in her area McDonald’s PlayPlace has found herself banned from several of the fast food restaurant’s locations.
Erin Carr-Jordan of Chandler, Arizona, gathered samples from the McDonald’s kid play area and claims that it was crawling with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a.k.a. MRSA, a bacteria that can lead to serious illness and even death. Carr-Jordan alerted the manager of her findings, and went around the restaurant telling other diners with children about the bacteria, telling them to wash their hands or use sanitizer as soon as possible.
Now Carr-Jordan has found herself persona non grata at the 8 various McDonald’s restaurants in her area, according to the Arizona Republic News.
In a letter from Phoenix attorney James Stipe, Stipe said, “I write to inform you that you are prohibited from entering the following McDonald’s restaurants,” along with the location addresses.
Stipe continued that if Carr-Jordan was found at any of the locations, she could be subject to arrest for criminal trespass.
Carr-Jordan told ARN that she believes the same franchisee owns all eight locations.
A spokesperson at McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, said, “We are still committed to [addressing Carr-Jordan’s concerns], but it appears that recent actions by Dr. Carr-Jordan have become disruptive to the employees and customers within our franchisee’s restaurants, which prompted the letter from his attorney… We remain committed to working with an internal team on ensuring that our PlayPlaces are clean and safe for all customers.
Carr-Jordan has been on a mission to cleanse PlayPlaces since encountering one in Tempe several months ago that she says was covered with grime, and samples she obtained and sent to a private lab revealed the presence of various pathogens.
But Carr-Jordan has run into a brick wall in trying to engage more regulation over play areas in fast food restaurants. Government officials she has approached have said they have no jurisdiction over the play areas, and because they are generally completely separated from the food preparation area, they are not subject to the same cleanliness and food-handling regulations.
A spokesman for the Maricopa County Environmental Services said that play areas only need to have an appearance of cleanliness to pass inspections, but said that the department encourages restaurant managers to routinely sanitize them.