The good news is that a teenager thought this was a good idea. The bad news is that it’s one of the teenagers that’s old enough to vote. McDonald’s employee faked COVID-19 to get out of work, Hamilton police allege
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.
Investigators say the bogus note was given to a restaurant supervisor on March 19. The McDonald’s restaurant, on Rymal Road at Upper James, took immediate safety actions by closing the store and sending all employees home to self-isolate.
The restaurant remained closed for several days while professional cleaning services worked to sanitize the restaurant.
“The magnitude of the concern for public safety warranted police attention,” said Const. Lorraine Edwards, adding that the restaurant took the fake diagnosis very seriously.
It’s not clear how many employees were impacted.
The 18-year-old, who has not been named, has been charged with mischief over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, use a forged document and make forged document. It is currently free and awaiting a May court date.