Reason behind wild McDonald's brawl among delivery drivers

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An app scam is believed to be behind a vicious brawl among delivery drivers that broke out at a McDonald's restaurant.

The brawl happened last month outside a McDonald's in Tooting, a district in south London.

Video of the fight was shared to social media at the time and shows more than a dozen delivery riders outside the store, with most wearing helmets.

Suddenly one launches a flying kick into the back of another driver and the group reacts with several punches thrown as the fight spills out onto the road.

A brawl broke out at the McDonald's in Tooting, London last month. Source: Twitter/@CrimeLdn
A brawl broke out at the McDonald's in Tooting, London last month. Source: Twitter/@CrimeLdn

"Stop, stop! Call the police," someone is heard yelling in the video.

Part of the crowd seems to disperse as sirens are heard, however, a few linger out the front of the McDonald's restaurant and the fight continues on the road in front of traffic.

The video was first shared by London & UK Street News to social media and at the time there was no context as to why the fight broke out.

Dispute appears to be over delivery app scam

However, The Sun recently revealed an app scam some delivery drivers and riders are allegedly using might be the reason the flight broke out.

It was alleged some drivers for Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat are using apps to manipulate their GPS setting to a spoof location, so make it seem as though they are at a restaurant or branch.

While they might actually be far away, by doing this they might get new orders through delivery services, as such services assign deliveries to the closest rider or driver.

“Some McDonald’s are no-go zones now," Carlos Domingues a delivery driver told The Sun.

"Aggressive drivers intimidate anyone coming onto their patch. So many fake their GPS and take multiple orders with different accounts.”

Police have since been working with McDonald's in Tooting and delivery partners to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Source: Google Maps
Police have since been working with McDonald's in Tooting and delivery partners to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Source: Google Maps

Tooting Police released a statement relating to the violence earlier in July.

The statement said officers were working "side-by-side" with McDonald's Tooting, Deliveroo, UberEats, and Just Eat to tackle anti-social behaviour.

"Our officers have been engaging with numerous delivery drivers and tackling ASB issues," police said.

In an update, Tooting Police said one delivery driver had been processed for not having insurance and several other delivery partners had been spoken to.

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