Police officers were reportedly called to a local fast food restaurant last week when a group of boys went into its drive-through lane in a makeshift cardboard car.
The five schoolboys, aged 12 to 13 years, “drove”’ into McDonald’s car park and joined the queue to order food from the drive-through.
Their stunt drew attention from drivers and restaurant customers, who stared in amazement.
The boys had dreamt up the invention and worked collaboratively in a day to make the crude cardboard cut-out during their school holidays.
Staff initially refused to serve the boys, but eventually placed their ice-cream order.
The boys drew smiles from observers. However, one aggrieved customer who saw the spectacle from inside the cafe, angrily confronted the mother of one of the boys for allowing them to take part in an “unsafe” act.
Mother Sarah Lloyd-Mostyn said she thought the boys’ idea was fantastic and said it was better they had worked together on their invention than sitting at home for hours on a computer.
The boys shrugged off the complaint and said the complainant was “probably jealous” of their car. They made a hasty getaway with their ice creams after staff informed them they had breached health and safety regulations, and police had been called.
McDonald’s Broome licensee Tania Mesch said while she understood the act was a bit of fun, the restaurant had to be mindful of customer safety because of occupational health and safety regulations.
Ms Mesch said only customers in motor vehicles and motorbikes or scooters could order food in the drive-through lanes.