Man arrested after pills found in McDonald's sundae

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A man has been arrested after pills were found in a McDonald's sundae, clearing McDonald's Te Atatu staff of any wrongdoing.

A 22-year-old Rodney man was charged with two counts of attempting to stupefy and will appear in the Waitakere District Court next week.

Police have confirmed the man was not an employee of McDonald's Te Atatu.

A McDonald's spokesperson says CCTV footage, along with an "extensive check of equipment and processes", shows the pills did not come into contact with the sundae before it left the restaurant.

"It is disappointing that somebody would make an allegation of this nature," the spokesperson says, "and that the subsequent publicity on news and social media unfairly damaged our reputation".

"[It] took up a significant amount of time for our people, and resulted in a loss of sales."