Ottawa Tim Hortons takes down sign asking customers to leave after 30 minutes

A photo posted by Facebook user Steph Sizer shows a letter in the window of an Ottawa Tim Hortons. (Facebook)

An Ottawa Tim Hortons restaurant is back-pedalling after it posted a sign that warned customers they would be trespassing if they stayed longer than 30 minutes.

CTV reports that the sign, which was posted at the franchise's Queen Street location in downtown Ottawa, informed patrons that police would step in if they did not leave within half an hour.

“This is to inform you that under the Trespass to Property Act, that you are not under any circumstances, permitted access to, or be on the premises of, Tim Horton’s 330 Queen St Ottawa,” it read. “This notification is to clear the place within 30 minutes after purchase (sic) Tim Horton’s product, failure to do so will consider (sic) as a trespassing, the Ottawa Police Service will be contacted, who will be instructed to charge you under the Trespass to Property Act.

The notice added that a copy of the letter had been sent to the Ottawa Carleton Police.

The incident left many online wondering if Tim Hortons was targeting those who are most vulnerable, while others believed the restaurant had the right to post the sign.

The sign has since been taken down.

A spokesperson for Tim Hortons told that the Queen Street location was “attempting to deal with a few isolated issues of extreme loitering, but the sign doesn’t reflect our values of creating a welcoming environment.”