- Title: Peruvian protesters demand justice over deaths of teen employees at McDonalds
- Date: 22nd December 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MOTHER OF EMPLOYEE WHO WAS KILLED GABRIEL CAMPOS, ROCIO ZAPATA, SAYING: "They were young people. They had lots of goals. They wanted to help their mothers. And what have we given to our children? A life that has been lost and all because they were not trained. And now they (McDonalds) say they were not trained. Well, who had to train them? Wasn't it meant to be them (McDonalds)?â€
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- Keywords: Lima McDonalds Peru electrocuted employees protest teen
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA005BB23687
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of protesters gathered outside a McDonalds in Lima on Saturday (December 21) to call for justice, following the deaths of two teen employees who died after being electrocuted on shift.
The general manager of the company that operates McDonald's restaurants in Peru told local television that the beverage machine at the restaurant where two employees were fatally electrocuted last weekend had experienced an electrical fault but it was not reported to the company's maintenance department.
Relatives of the two employees who were killed and about 80 other people protested against McDonald's in a suburb of Lima on Saturday afternoon.
The two employees who were killed, Alexandra Porras, 18, and Carlos Gabriel Campo, 19, were electrocuted last Sunday (December 15) in Pueblo Libre, a district of the capital, while cleaning the kitchen, police said.
On Saturday, protesters carried posters bearing the victims' photos and slogans reading: "Justice for Alexa and Gabriel," who relatives said were a couple who had been working for the fast-food chain for several months.
RocÃo Zapata, Gabriel's mother, claimed that the restaurant did not offer proper training to its employees.
Arcos Dorados, which owns and operates McDonald's Corp restaurants throughout Latin America, said on Wednesday (December 18) it had shut all 29 McDonald's Peru restaurants to conduct safety inspections.
(Production: Enrique Mandujano)
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