Restaurant official says boy shouldn't have been kicked out of Muskogee store

An official with the corporate offices of Pizza Hut says it doesn't have any policies that would have prevented a Yukon boy from eating a hamburger patty at one of its locations in Muskogee.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com Modified: December 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm •  Published: December 1, 2011

Pizza Hut doesn't have any policies that would have prevented a Yukon boy from eating a hamburger patty at one of its locations, a spokesman for the company said Thursday.

Candi Smithson said she and her 2-year-old son, Preston, and four others were asked to leave a Muskogee Pizza Hut because they brought a McDonald's hamburger patty inside the store.

Preston has severe food allergies and can't eat most dairy products or pretty much anything with flour in it, Smithson said.

A McDonald's patty is one of the few fast-food items the boy can eat “because it doesn't have filler in it,” his mother said.

The boy's mother said the food was brought into the store inside a discreet carton.

“You want to be respectful of the other places you go into,” Smithson said. “And you don't want to tempt other kids with your McDonald's.”

But Smithson said a waitress noticed the outside food items and eventually a manager became involved. She said the manager asked her and the five others she was with to leave.

Company policy

Pizza Hut company spokesman Chris Fuller said the company doesn't have any policies restricting outside food and drink in the chain's dining rooms.

“I'm not sure why the group was denied access,” Fuller said. “We are coordinating with the franchisee there to be sure they are aware of our policies.”

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