Boy refused free McDonald's McFlurry due to gambling laws

AJ Reeves won the item in the Monopoly promotion

Boy refused free McDonald's McFlurry due to gambling laws

A teenager was refused a free ice cream prize at McDonald's - because of gambling laws.

AJ Reeves, 13, won a free £1 McFlurry in a Monopoly promotion after buying a Big Mac.
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But when he went to collect his prize staff told him he was 'too young' and needed an adult present.

McDonald's say the game is for over-16s - even though there are no age restrictions on buying food items.

AJ, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, said: "I felt sad and disappointed.

"I'm not sure whether I will go back."

Mum Kay, 52, from Worcester, is writing to McDonald's to complain.


AJ with his winning ticket


His mum said she felt like McDonald's was 'tricking' kids

She said: "I can completely understand if McDonald's want only 16-year-olds and over to play.

"But if that is the case they should not be selling these vouchers to under 16s.

"It feels like they are tricking kids into buying their meals without letting them claim the prizes.

"Monopoly is a child's game, it's clear that's who they are aiming this at."


McDonald's said the promotion was only open to those over 16 and younger children could get an older relative to claim prizes

McDonald's said: "In accordance with Ofcom guidelines, and as clearly stated on all McDonald's Monopoly promotional materials, advertising and packaging, the promotion is only open to those aged 16 years old and above.


McDonald's in Blackpole Retail Park Worcester

"Monopoly prize stickers are not included with a Happy Meal and whilst it is possible a person under 16 could purchase a product sold within our promotional packaging, the terms and conditions are clear that they are unable to take part in the promotion.

"Any prizes can be claimed by older family members."

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