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A woman described her horror after seeing a naked man injecting ‘drugs’ into his testicles outside the toilets of a city center branch of McDonald’s.
Merseyside Police confirmed they were called to the Lord Street branch of the fast food restaurant at around 8:30am on July 8, 2017 to reports a man had exposed himself to a woman.
An eyewitness, who told the ECHO about her ordeal but did not want to be named, described how the naked man lifted up his genitals and injected himself with a ‘drugs’ needle in his scrotum.
She also claims the man was making “strange” noises throughout the incident. The man was then locked in the toilets by a member of McDonald’s staff who then called the police.
Officers arrived at the restaurant and arrested the man for breaching the peace who was ‘bound over’ – meaning if he re-commits a similar offense he could be charged.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, described how she was left “crying her eyes out” after witnessing the incident, locking herself in a bathroom until she was sure it was over.
She said: “I go in every morning for my cup of tea before work, and I went to use the loo and I just saw the man.
“He was outside the toilets, completely naked, injecting something into his [scrotum] and making this noise.
“I don’t know if it was a sexual noise or if it was relief from injecting himself but it was just disgusting. It was awful.
“I just ran into the women’s loos, I was hysterical, I couldn’t stop crying. I had to stay in the restaurant for about 25 minutes before I went to work but I just couldn’t stop crying all day.
“The police came and arrested the man but to be honest I couldn’t believe it had even happened in the first place. Kids could have seen that anyone could have been there. It was awful.”
The woman now says the incident has left her so shaken she’s been unable to re-visit the branch for her usual morning cup of tea.
She added: “There’s no way I could go back there now. I used to go every day before work but I just can’t bring myself to go back.
“A member of staff stayed with me for about 25 minutes afterward and made sure I was OK.”
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “This was an isolated incident and was dealt with quickly and efficiently by our employees and the local police.
“The safety of our customers and staff is of the utmost importance to us and we work closely with local authorities to ensure our restaurants remain welcoming for all.”