Gunman robs Auckland McDonald's

A McDonald's employee who led an armed robber to the safe was shoved with the gun barrel and ordered to hand over cash.

The staff member at the Grey Lynn branch was treated at A&E and others are receiving support after the robbery at 1.50am today.

The gunman entered the Great North Rd business armed with a long barrelled gun, jumped the counter and demanded to be taken to the safe.

The shift manager complied and the thief stole an unknown sum of money, estimated to be in the hundreds of dollars, McDonald's spokesman Simon Kenny said.
"The person who was taking him to the safe was pushed with the barrel of the gun and we took him to the A&E," he said.
Five other staff working last night were offered counselling.

"They were all definitely shaken," Kenny said.

No customers were in the restaurant at the time.  

The robber, who had his face covered, left a trail of stolen coins after fleeing the restaurant.

Auckland police are investigating the robbery and have taken the restaurant's security footage.

McDonald's has around 160 restaurants open at night nationwide, but robberies are uncommon, Kenny said.

"It is a pretty rare occurrence. The main thing for us is that staff and customer welfare were protected," he said.

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