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McDonald's apparently not fast enough as brawl erupts

MCDONALD'S is renowned as the world's most prominent fast-food restaurant, but they weren't fast enough for some people, with a lack of patience behind an all-in brawl that erupted in Boyne Island last month.

The remaining trio involved in a brawl at Boyne Island McDonald's on March 2 were sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court last week, after all three pleaded guilty to individual counts of affray.

Stephen Lee Patrick, Tyneal Margaret Triffett and Alex Neil Grubb appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court over the large scuffle that happened at about 1am in the drive-thru of the Boyne Island fast-food restaurant.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer told the court a number of witnesses had placed triple-0 calls, reporting to police a large fight underway which left blood spattered on the exit.

CCTV footage identified five defendants, two of whom had already been sentenced.

Patrick, Triffett and Grubb were in their car placing an order at the speaker when the brawl began about 15m down the driveway.

The court heard the initial reason for the fight had been frustration at the time being taken for food to arrive.

Triffett claimed the car behind had been yelling at her and her two co-defendants, telling them to hurry and allegedly threatening to stab them if they didn't hurry up.

She also told the court they had tried to explain to the other car that they had ordered and were waiting to receive their food, before the punches started flying.

Magistrate Russell Warfield condemned the actions of all involved in the pointless brawl.

"The normal thing seems to be people just start swinging these days," he said.

Mr Warfield opted not to record a conviction against Patrick, Triffett and Grubb, but fined each of them $1000 for their offences.

Topics:  boyne island, brawl, gladstone magistrates court, mcdonalds



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