Mcdonalds caused fury after installing metal anti -homeless spikes outside its branch in Leeds city centre, which critics say are there to stop people sleeping rough.
A petition that was set up has been signed by more than 70,000 people across the world demanding that the fast food giant remove spikes that deter the homeless from sleeping outside one of its restaurants.
McDonald’s claim that the spikes were installed two years ago in an attempt to stop anti-social behaviour, not target the homeless.
The Mail Online reports: Isobella DeMartino set up the petition to have them removed and has received support from across the globe.
‘Anti-homeless spikes show complete disregard and lack of respect for homeless people who struggle every day,’ she said.
‘Spikes have been installed, presumably to prevent people sleeping there.
‘The fact that the spikes exist shows how little people care about homeless people.’
She added: ‘Every time I’m in Leeds I see many ignore homeless people, not even bothering to smile at them let alone try to help them or give charity. I cannot imagine how painful and lonely it must be to be homeless.
‘They deserve our attention and care, this issue cannot be ignored.’
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s said: ‘The studs in question are not an ‘anti- homeless’ measure, as has been suggested.
‘They have been in place for around two years and were introduced Following discussions with the police, in response to issues we were experiencing with antisocial behaviour.