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Buy your food, enjoy it and then leave please, says McThai, which has now given its customers a one-hour time limit. 

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One-hour limit for McDonald's

It can be difficult, if not impossible, to find a seat at popular McDonald's restaurants during peak lunch and dinner hours.

If you look closely, however, not all the customers seated there are simply enjoying their meals. McDonald's has become a meeting place or even a workplace for independent tutors and their students.

Following customer complaints, the local company is doing something about it.

McThai, the operator of the McDonald's fast food chain in Thailand, has imposed a new rule prohibiting customers from loitering in their shops for more than one hour.

The company is also requesting customers to purchase food while using the restaurant seating and to not wait around without buying anything.

Unattended belongings will be removed from the vacant tables, according to the company's notice to customers.

Customers are urged not to leave items such as laptop computers or cell phones plugged into the electrical outlets for more than 30 minutes at a time. For safety reasons, any use of multi outlet extensions will be prohibited inside the restaurants.

McThai CEO Hester Chew said that customer feedback gathered via social media, emails and surveys, indicated people are annoyed at the lack of seating during lunch and dinner hours.

International coffee chain Starbucks earlier initiated the policy discouraging tutors from using its outlets as places of work.

The restrictions have received mixed reactions from netizens. Many support the new policy, calling it a reinforcement of a common courtesy. However, some also see it as McDonald's and Starbucks' irresponsible way of dealing with the issue.

Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com

limit – the greatest or smallest amount of something that is allowed ขีดจำกัด
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
peak – the time when something is at its highest or greatest level ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด
simply – just; only เท่านั้น
meal – the food that you serve or eat at one time มื้ออาหาร
independent – not connected with a group or organisation  ซึ่งเป็นอิสระ
tutor – a teacher, especially one with special duties ครูพิเศษ, ครูสอน,
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
operator – a person or company that runs a business ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
chain – a group of businesses (restaurants, hotels, etc.) owned by the same company  บริษัทต่างๆที่อยู่ในเครือเดียวกัน
impose – to introduce something and force people to accept it  กำหนด,บังคับใช้
prohibit – to not allow; to ban ห้าม
loiter – to stand or wait somewhere especially with no obvious reason  ปล่อยเวลาให้ผ่านไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์, เถลไถล
request – to ask for something in a formal or polite way ขอร้อง
purchase – to buy something  ซื้อ
unattended – without the owner present; not being watched or cared for ไม่มีใครดูแล, ไม่มีใครเฝ้าดู
belongings – the things you own ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
remove – to take something away เอาออกจาก
vacant – empty ว่าง
notice – a sheet of paper giving written or printed information, usually put in a public place กระดานปิดประกาศ
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
plug in – to connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity or to another piece of electrical equipment  เสียบปลั๊ก, เสียบสายไฟ
outlet – a device in a wall that you put a plug into in order to connect electrical equipment to the power supply of a building  เต้ารับสำหรับเสียบปลั๊กไฟ
multi- – more than one; many มาก, หลาย
extension – something that is added to make something longer, bigger, etc., in this case as electrical extension สายพ่วงไฟ, สายต่อปลั๊ก
feedback – advice, criticism or information about how good or useful something or somebody's work is ข้อมูลป้อนกลับ
gather – to search for and find things that you need or want รวบรวม
via – through  ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)
social media – the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
survey – the act of asking for and recording information การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้
annoy – to make someone angry or upset ทำให้รำคาญใจ
lack – to not have something needed  ขาด
initiate – to make something start ริเริ่ม
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
discourage – to make someone feel like something should not be done ทำให้ไม่อยาก (ทำสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง)
outlet – a shop or place where a particular product is sold  ร้านขายสินค้าจากโรงงาน
restriction – a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something การจำกัด, การควบคุม
reaction – the way you behave or respond as a result of something that happens ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
netizen – a person who uses the Internet a lot พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
reinforcement – the process of making something stronger เสริมให้แข็งแรง
courtesy – polite behaviour that shows respect for other people ความมีมารยาท, ความนอบน้อม, ความสุภาพ
irresponsible – done or said without thinking of the possible results of your actions or words ขาดความรับผิดชอบ
deal with – to take action to solve a problem จัดการปัญหา
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น

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