Burger chain McDonald's has reportedly turned away a customer after he failed a breathalyser test.
A branch of the chain in Cambridge's Rose Crescent introduced the alcohol breath tests, which form part of a local police scheme, in order to curb alcohol-related violence, according to the Daily Mail today.
The 25-year-old man, a teacher who wanted to remain unnamed, was allegedly three times over the drink-drive limit when he failed the test at 2am, and was subsequently denied custom at the quick-service site.
He said he had spent the day at the races in nearby Newmarket and had then been drinking in Cambridge, and maintained that he had not acted aggressively.
He told the newspaper: "I don't know why anyone would be there at 2am if they hadn't been drinking. How do you get turned away from McDonald's for being too drunk?"
The branch signed up to the police scheme last Friday, after incidences in which customers suffered violence due to excessive alcohol consumption. The historic city saw 141 people arrested for being drunk last year, and 263 were arrested for public order offences.
McDonald's said: "At the request of Cambridgeshire Police we are taking part in their pilot scheme. A person's behaviour will determine the likelihood of them being breathalysed and this should have no impact on the majority of customers."