Fast food chains refund money to dissatisfied customers, but a manager at a McDonald's restaurant in Wisconsin had a different idea. She issued fake refunds for almost 1,100 Big Mac sandwiches over a period of two months and pocketed the money.
The Milwaukee Patch reported that Mary Ruelle, a manager at a McDonald's restaurant in Greenfield, Wisconsin, faces a felony theft charge after she was accused of stealing more than $3,800 in money from her employer as refunds for Big Macs.
If convicted, Ruelle might face up to a year and a half in prison or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint filed with the Greenfield Police, Ruelle had been stealing money from the restaurant from mid-January to March 24. She fraudulently refunded $3,827.17 during the period between January 14 and March 24, amounting to about 1,071 Big Macs.
A refund requires a manager's code, which was used by Ruelle. In order to issue a refund, Ruelle was required to select food items that were sold that day. She chose popular food items like the Big Macs for the fraudulent refunds, as they represented high dollar amounts.
Ruelle's manager reportedly told police he reviewed surveillance video that showed Ruelle would authorize refunds and take the money from the cash register when no customer was present.
by RTT Staff Writer
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