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San Francisco wants to buy a McDonald’s – and shut it down

San Francisco city leaders hope to buy a McDonald’s across from Golden Gate Park so it can be closed down after a long history of crime problems.
San Francisco city leaders hope to buy a McDonald’s across from Golden Gate Park so it can be closed down after a long history of crime problems. The Associated Press file

San Francisco has offered to buy a McDonald’s franchise, but the city’s not going into the Happy Meal business.

City leaders hope to purchase and shut down the restaurant at Haight and Stanyan streets in the Haight Ashbury district because of ongoing crime problems, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. The eatery across from Golden Gate Park could be replaced by affordable housing.

The chain has received the city’s letter and the offer is under review, McDonald’s spokesman Ron Rogers told the paper.

A man was shot and wounded inside the McDonald’s on Thursday following an altercation. A police search failed to find the gunman. But the shooting’s only the latest in a long string of crime problems including drug sales, auto burglaries, fights and other problems at the restaurant, the Chronicle reports.

In 2015, the San Francisco city attorney threatened to sue the company, citing 1,100 calls to police over a three-year period.

Jennifer Garcia told KPIX 5 that she and other neighbors worry about crime at the McDonald’s.

“I think those that walk through kind of avoid this area a little bit or don’t really know you shouldn’t really walk through the alley way behind McDonald’s,” Garcia told the TV station.

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