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Grandma Arrested At McDonald's Called Officer 'Evil,' Report Says
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Posted on 01/23/2008 11:31:08 AM PST by HD1200

CLEARWATER - The 75-year-old grandmother who was arrested Thursday at a McDonald's on a charge of disorderly conduct gave an officer lip, according to a police report. Jean Merola swore at the officer and said, "You are an evil man. Your wife is going to divorce you. Your kids probably hate you too. You are going to hell," according to the report.

Officer Matthew Parco was behind Merola in line and had received his drink; he asked her to move up so he could get around her but she didn't respond. Parco spent about 20 minutes asking Merola to move the car before she was arrested.

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A sad situation this lady put the police in due to her stubbornness.
1 posted on 01/23/2008 11:31:09 AM PST by HD1200
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To: HD1200

Here we go again


2 posted on 01/23/2008 11:32:19 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: HD1200

Parco spent about 20 minutes asking Merola to move the car before she was arrested.


I guess they don’t train cops simply to step around some stubborn citizen.

20 minutes on the taxpayer dime being a jerk.


3 posted on 01/23/2008 11:33:13 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: HD1200

A sad situation the police officer put this lady in due to his power trip.


4 posted on 01/23/2008 11:33:50 AM PST by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: AppyPappy

LOL.


5 posted on 01/23/2008 11:33:52 AM PST by HD1200
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To: Beelzebubba

It was the drive-through. My assumptions were wrong.


6 posted on 01/23/2008 11:35:13 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: HD1200

Sad situation that law enforcement can’t deal with a crotchety old ladie without having to arrest her.

At least he had the good sense not to Tase her.

She was lucky!


7 posted on 01/23/2008 11:35:38 AM PST by sonofagun
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To: highimpact

Conversely, a sad situation the old lady put this police officer on her power trip.


8 posted on 01/23/2008 11:36:05 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Beelzebubba
I guess they don’t train cops simply to step around some stubborn citizen.

Her car was blocking his car in.

I guess they don't train some posters to comprehend the story before they post.

9 posted on 01/23/2008 11:36:21 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Beelzebubba

I’m not quite sure how one is to “step around” when one is sitting in a vehicle, blocked by the vehicle in front.


10 posted on 01/23/2008 11:36:38 AM PST by awakened (Remember -- There are no dead atheists.)
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To: HD1200
Parco spent about 20 minutes asking Merola to move the car before she was arrested.

They didn't get her fries done in 20 minutes? Sounds like someone else needed to be arrested by Parco.

11 posted on 01/23/2008 11:37:12 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Beelzebubba

The police officer was behind her in the line at the WINDOW - it is difficult to get around a car if there are other cars in the line behind you. This Police Officer was well within his rights - many of us wish we could do the same thing when some jerk refuses the simple courtesy of pulling ahead just enough to let the person behind them out while they wait for their “Special Order” that ends up taking about 20 minutes. I say good for the officer.


12 posted on 01/23/2008 11:37:44 AM PST by onevoter
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To: HD1200
Apparently, she was extremely rude, uncooperative, and expressed a profound lack of judgement. No manners, bad upbringing, etc. etc. etc.

Having said that, I don't think any of that is against the law. If her car wasn't interfering with his officcial duties as a peace offer (if he didn't need to get around her to respond to a call) then she shouldn't have been arrested. It's just not against the law to be a vindictive crank.

If she was ever in front of any of us in the line, we wouldn't be able to make a citizen's arrest to get her out of the way. We would just have to fume and take it.

And how did it take over 20 minutes to get her the fries with no salt, so that she could move on off the premises?

13 posted on 01/23/2008 11:37:54 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: highimpact
She was the one on the power trip.

She pulled the "Don't you know who I am? I am friends with the police chief!" bit and then she refused to move her car unless the chief of police personally arrived at the scene to ask her.

14 posted on 01/23/2008 11:38:26 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: HD1200

This is private property and as I understand the people told her to wait there for her order. But of course one must understand that the SS or KGB has the authority to kill you if you do not move when they say so. Good thing she was not shot or run over.


15 posted on 01/23/2008 11:38:36 AM PST by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

She had gotten her food according to a report yesterday. She still refused to budge out of stubbornness...I guess.


16 posted on 01/23/2008 11:38:43 AM PST by HD1200
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To: YOUGOTIT

The McDonalds Manager agreed with the police according to the article.


17 posted on 01/23/2008 11:39:13 AM PST by HD1200
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
Ah, welcome to Florida, land of newlyweds and nearly-deads.

Maybe she forgot the difference between the brake and the gas?
18 posted on 01/23/2008 11:39:23 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: willgolfforfood

She got her fries pretty quickly. She decided to continue the argument


19 posted on 01/23/2008 11:39:52 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: HD1200
You are an evil man. Your wife is going to divorce you. Your kids probably hate you too. You are going to hell

LOL

20 posted on 01/23/2008 11:40:38 AM PST by forkinsocket
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To: HD1200

nobody likes having a cop car one inch behind their
rear bumper.
if that is not the case here,
please enlighten me.


21 posted on 01/23/2008 11:40:40 AM PST by patch789
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To: AppyPappy
Here we go again

I'm gettin some popcorn, and sittin this one out...LOL
22 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:21 AM PST by rickomatic
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To: highimpact
Do not feel sorry for the cantankerous old b****.
23 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:27 AM PST by verity ("Lord, what fools these mortals be!")
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To: All

The battle axe got her 5 minutes of fame on Fox News this morning. She is suing. The host asked her “Suing, for what”, and she wouldn’t answer.


24 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:39 AM PST by HD1200
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To: willgolfforfood
And how did it take over 20 minutes to get her the fries with no salt

It didn't. She insisted on sitting there, bloacking everyone else at the drive thru in, while she ate her fries.

Everyone on this thread wringing their hands over the police officer's actions would be screaming bloody murder if they were trapped for twenty minutes behind an insane old bag while she ate her fries.

25 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:40 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Possibly...

A sad situation the McDonald’s drive through put everyone in by taking more than 20 minutes to hand a crankly old lady her french fries?


26 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:41 AM PST by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: wideawake

Judging by her alleged reaction, my guess is the cop didn’t politely ask her to move.

I envision “HEY LADY, MOVE THE GD CAR BEFORE I THROW YOUR SORRY A$$ IN JAIL!”


27 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:44 AM PST by sonofagun
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To: HD1200

Fries without salt. How dare she? :-)


28 posted on 01/23/2008 11:41:53 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: sonofagun
Judging by her alleged reaction, my guess is the cop didn’t politely ask her to move.

He honked his horn. She then began screaming at him.

29 posted on 01/23/2008 11:42:45 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: HD1200
I read the story. She sounds like a beyotch with issues. Even so, I don't know what law she violated. If the McDonalds asked her to move, and she refused, the McDonalds could call police and have her removed. If she resisted that, then she could possibly be arrested. I doubt, however, that McDonalds made such a call against a customer in this instance. They try to avoid confrontation. Most likely the cop took it upon himself to do some self-help.

Some people become cops so that they can make jerks (or even non-jerks) do what they want. The rest of us just live with them. Depending on what the missing facts are, the cop's employer may have some liability, and the cop may be in for discipline.

30 posted on 01/23/2008 11:43:06 AM PST by Defiant (Don't be a hostage to Hope.....Arkansas. Vote Fred.)
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To: HD1200
I'm no fan of pushy law enforcement officers, but if an officer asks you to move, you move. You do not begin reciting the "Oh, you're in big trouble now. I know the Chief" speech and refuse to follow a lawful order unless you want to get arrested. Had she been a 35 year old man doing what she did, she'd have been arrested. She deserved to be arrested.
31 posted on 01/23/2008 11:43:22 AM PST by mountainbunny
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To: HD1200

I am with the officer on this one- she WANTED to spend 20 minutes fighting, I am surprise he had THAT much patience.

When he is on patrol and she is blocking him, then argues for 20 minutes, it is time to consider a home for her in happy acres.


32 posted on 01/23/2008 11:43:37 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: AppyPappy

The problem was McDonald’s. They took her money, told her to pull up, never mentioned it would take a while.

That peeves ME as well. If there’s a problem with the order, tell me BEFORE you take my money. . .


33 posted on 01/23/2008 11:43:48 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: YOUGOTIT

Actually, they told her to move up and wait for her order, standard practice so they can continue filling orders and make more sales.

She wasn’t just blocking the police officer, she was intefering with their ability to conduct business.

They should make her retake the driving test.


34 posted on 01/23/2008 11:43:55 AM PST by Valpal1 (Iím going to write in Duncan.)
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To: wideawake

According to a witness, someone honked a horn.


35 posted on 01/23/2008 11:44:10 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: YOUGOTIT
Dial down your meds.

BTW - a restaurant is not only private property, it is also a place of public accomodation under the law.

36 posted on 01/23/2008 11:44:22 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: vietvet67

In a drive-thru? Why should she dare in the first place?


37 posted on 01/23/2008 11:44:28 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: HD1200

I love, love, love this lady.
She has retained her spirit in a spirit-killing society.


38 posted on 01/23/2008 11:44:45 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: forkinsocket

“You are an evil man. Your wife is going to divorce you. Your kids probably hate you too. You are going to hell, but damn these fries sure are tasty!”


39 posted on 01/23/2008 11:44:51 AM PST by jdm (A Hunter Thompson ticket would be suicide.)
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To: willgolfforfood

I wonder if she is one of these old folk who cruise at 50 in a 70 zone in the left lane because “dammit, I paid for this lane..”


40 posted on 01/23/2008 11:45:10 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (I think I'll buy everyone a carbon credit for Christmas.)
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To: Salgak

Fries without salt ALWAYS takes more time. They told her to move to the side but her big canoe still blocked the drive thru


41 posted on 01/23/2008 11:45:12 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: onevoter
This Police Officer was well within his rights

What were his rights? What was the law being violated?

There may have been a law violated, but the information provided in this story doesn't show one. Did the store call police and ask her to be arrested for trespassing?

42 posted on 01/23/2008 11:45:18 AM PST by Defiant (Don't be a hostage to Hope.....Arkansas. Vote Fred.)
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To: Defiant
Even so, I don't know what law she violated.

Obstructing the flow of traffic.

43 posted on 01/23/2008 11:45:22 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: La Enchiladita

I will have to remember that one when I become demented in my old age; I will just tell my kids I am retaining my spirit.....if I can remember that many words.


44 posted on 01/23/2008 11:46:25 AM PST by HD1200
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To: wideawake

He didn’t want to wait for her to get her fries.
What a prick, emblematic of a completely selfish society.


45 posted on 01/23/2008 11:46:25 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: AppyPappy

as i understand it, i dont think wacdonalds owns the parking lot around it. its either public or owned by whoever owns the strip mall that was probably behind wacdonalds.

the cop had every right to ask her to move because if she was blocking him, then that means she was blocking everyone else.

i just think shes a tool for trying to pull out the police chief card.


46 posted on 01/23/2008 11:46:32 AM PST by abstracTT
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To: AppyPappy
According to a witness, someone honked a horn.

Doesn't mean it was the cop. I could well have been the 10,000 other people this idiot battleaxe was blocking.

And oh yeah--failure to follow police instructions IS an arrestable offense.
47 posted on 01/23/2008 11:46:34 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: HD1200

“A sad situation this lady put the police in due to her stubbornness.”

This whole story stinks...typical MSM garbage, I suspect.

To begin with, we can assume this is on private property.
The woman has every right to be as stubborn as she wants until the owner of the property complains. I see no mention of this.

This sounds more like a increasing example of the “jackbooted cop”.
I doubt that this story is anything like reality.


48 posted on 01/23/2008 11:47:30 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia. Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: HD1200

Why did it take 20 minutes for her to get her food, wouldn’t she have moved after getting her order. Why do cops go through drive-thrus? I think they were both a bit jerky and stubborn.


49 posted on 01/23/2008 11:47:50 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: mountainbunny

She sounds like a jerk. But what LAW did she break?


50 posted on 01/23/2008 11:47:56 AM PST by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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