A Syrian refugee child has been beaten by a Burger King manager in Istanbul after eating a customer's leftover fries, daily Cumhuriyet has reported.
The incident, which reportedly occurred at the fast food chain's branch in Şirinevler, precipitated a massive reaction against Burger King after eyewitnesses shared details and photos showing the child sitting in blood after the incident.
TAB Food, the main license holder for Burger King in Turkey, said in a statement released on Jan. 23 that the manager of the branch had been fired after the attack.
"As TAB Food, we announce with great sadness that an unfortunate incident occurred at one of our restaurant's franchises in Şirinevler. We would like to state that this incident is unacceptable on our account and that our franchisee terminated the aforementioned restaurant manager's employment contract," the statement said.
When asked about whether the company would provide compensation to the Syrian child, Burger King officials said the dismissal of the employee was sufficient for the situation.
"We have almost 10,000 employees. It is sufficient to cancel the labour contract of the person in question," an official said.