Deaf News: Deaf American man allegedly told at McDonalds: “leave or I’m going to call the police”

Posted on February 11, 2016

It’s been reported that a Deaf American man is planning to sue McDonalds about his treatment at a drive-through, where he was allegedly told that they would call the police if he didn’t leave.

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Just two hours into the New Year, Jonathan Ramos arrived at the McDonald’s drive-through window. His frustration in trying to place an order is evident in the use of his car horn, something, he himself, doesn’t hear. It struck a nerve with one of the employees.

Video captured an employee’s response: “You can leave or I’m going to call police. Do you get that one?”

Ramos has been in Columbus for less than a year and has ordered at the McDonald’s before. He’s deaf. Chicken pox took his hearing when he was a little boy. He doesn’t read lips.

After exchanging texts and emails, WOWT 6 News met with Ramos outside the restaurant. We used a legal pad to write down any follow-up questions and answers during the interview.

He said he wanted to order a #9. He explained he usually types the information on his phone and then shows the order to the employee.

Because of his disability, he felt the workers were ignoring him by leaving the window.

You can see more in the video below (alas, without subtitles).

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