Skip to comments.Grandma Arrested At McDonald's Called Officer 'Evil,' Report Says
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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Parco spent about 20 minutes asking Merola to move the car before she was arrested.
20 minutes on the taxpayer dime being a jerk.
A sad situation the police officer put this lady in due to his power trip.
It was the drive-through. My assumptions were wrong.
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!
Conversely, a sad situation the old lady put this police officer on her power trip.
Her car was blocking his car in.
I guess they don't train some posters to comprehend the story before they post.
I’m not quite sure how one is to “step around” when one is sitting in a vehicle, blocked by the vehicle in front.
They didn't get her fries done in 20 minutes? Sounds like someone else needed to be arrested by Parco.
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.
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?
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.
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.
She had gotten her food according to a report yesterday. She still refused to budge out of stubbornness...I guess.
The McDonalds Manager agreed with the police according to the article.
She got her fries pretty quickly. She decided to continue the argument
nobody likes having a cop car one inch behind their
if that is not the case here,
please enlighten me.
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.
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.
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?
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!”
Fries without salt. How dare she? :-)
He honked his horn. She then began screaming at him.
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.
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.
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. . .
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.
According to a witness, someone honked a horn.
BTW - a restaurant is not only private property, it is also a place of public accomodation under the law.
In a drive-thru? Why should she dare in the first place?
I love, love, love this lady.
She has retained her spirit in a spirit-killing society.
“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!”
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..”
Fries without salt ALWAYS takes more time. They told her to move to the side but her big canoe still blocked the drive thru
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?
Obstructing the flow of traffic.
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.
He didn’t want to wait for her to get her fries.
What a prick, emblematic of a completely selfish society.
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.
“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.
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.
She sounds like a jerk. But what LAW did she break?
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