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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They offer the drivethrough service specifically to cater to people who do not have enough time to stop and eat their meal indoors or who would prefer to eat their meal on the go or some other location rather than the McDonald's.
Just amazing to me how little THINKING people do.
Well, I'm not sure why anyone would make a bizarre special order like salt-free fries at a drivethrough. "I'm so interested in keeping healthy that I want my loaded-with-saturated-fat snack to be salt-free."
I'm also not sure why anyone who has 20 minutes to waste just idling in an automobile wouldn't choose to just park in the lot 100 feet away and eat their snack rather than blocking everyone else in.
No one was blocking anything. But the dumb cop had no patience and no brains.
It really is too much to ask people to think.
“The host asked her Suing, for what, and she wouldnt answer.”
That’s not exactly true. In response to that question, she told the Fox guy that he would have to ask her attorney that question. Try to be honest.
Well, it seems we’re missing some info. Also seems the McD’s is backing the cop. Guess I should reserve judgement.
Incidently, I’m a friend of our mayor. Wouldn’t use that to influence anyone. :-)
Once I got "The sign says I can do 45, it doesn't say I have to." An old lady doing 30 in the left lane of a 45 zone, I caught up to her at a shopping center we both pulled into.
I have to admit, she had a point.
She was blocking the drive thru. Both the cop and the McDonald’s guy said that.
“Dumb, mean cop in my book.”
Ya, don’t we all think the same thing when we get that speeding ticket for doing 80 in a 60...........
“Never mind the fact that cops get lunch and work breaks also.”
If his time was so critical he should not have been in the drive thru. EVERY thinking individual knows drive thru’s can be slow.
I withdraw my comment.
>>A sad situation this lady put the police in due to her stubbornness.<<
I would think that McDonald’s was actually the complainant- the cop doesn’t have a case but McD’s does if she is blocking the drive through and won’t move.
DUH! She’ll be suing the “deep pockets”
If you're blocking me in a drive-thru for 20 minutes, you're definitely in my way. Talk about rude! This cop was way nicer than I would have been.
You guys who enjoy being rude and abusive will get yours someday.
"Parco spent about 20 minutes asking Merola to move the car before she was arrested. "
Ol' grandma wasn't budging before she got fries "without salt"? One would think that, in less than half the space of the twenty minutes the officer spent trying to persuade her, someone from the McDonalds could have supplied the unsalted fries? Then ask her to move along?
The end of the problem, the solution to the problem, was right there all along, right at the beginning of the [small] problem.
Did she pay for the "unsalted' fries, and did she ever get them? If she did pay for them, I can see why someone, particularly elderly, might dig in their heels until the transaction was completed. Having a policeman talk to her for twenty minutes (while still not getting the dang fries!) was undoubtedly exasperating for the old bird...
It makes me wonder about how many other situations this officer approaches, relying first and foremost, just about entirely [20 minutes?!? sheesh!] on his authority to order folks around, and thus blinded when someone fails to comply.
Being a policeman can be tough, of that we have no doubt.
It's difficult to be graceful, when others around you, are most certainly not.
In the future, instead off running the risk of making bad situations worse, maybe the this officer should try also, using something other than only [default] power of authority, you know, like maybe a brain?
When you see some of these folks show up on this type of thread you can be certain that things are slow over at the anti-wod threads.
Did she or did she NOT answer what she was suing for....?
I rest my case.
Help me out with your logic. If the cop wasn’t there, then it was ok for the woman to block the drive-thru?
“You guys who enjoy being rude and abusive will get yours someday.”
Straight talk is now rude and abusive? LOL.
I don’t understand why so many people feel they have a right to be mean, impatient, and inconsiderate to the point where someone they perceive as “in their way” deserves to be arrested by the police. You’re asking the police to enforce YOUR selfishness.
She was blocking the the path from the drivethru window to the street so that no other cars could exit the McDonald's parking lot.
Google's satellite map reveals that the area she was blocking was the exit point for both drivethru customers and regular customers exiting the McDonald's parking lot.
But the dumb cop had no patience and no brains.
He was quite patient - he gave her 20 whole minutes to move her car one foot.
That's approximately 1000 times longer than was required.
I'd say it was intelligent of him to wait long enough for her to prove what an unhinged jackass she was before he took her in.
I.m guessing here, since I don’t know the layout.
Granny car at window.
cop get served by outside runner.
cop can’t swing out, cuz cop has one inch clearnce from front,
about two feet in back.
granny is anxious, does not want to move ‘ahead’
of the (food supply) window,
fearing to be pushed up from the back, thus not getting
food already paid for.
“Im a friend of our mayor. Wouldnt use that to influence anyone. :-)”
Say Hi, I don’t know him but dream of being so well connected.
Just going on the evidence presented and apparently verified by the manager at the store. He asked her to move up because he could not get around her.
Not saying this was handled properly, but I wouldn't champion her as anyone's hero.
“I dont understand why so many people feel they have a right to be mean, impatient, and inconsiderate to the point where someone they perceive as in their way deserves to be arrested by the police. Youre asking the police to enforce YOUR selfishness”
You ARE being facetious in your post, right? I mean NOBODY could be serious when posting the above! 20 minutes times a couple of dozen people who were probably on lunch breaks, trying to get to class, or off to meet someone at an appointment! Good Lord!
Don’t taze me, sonny!
“...and thats why I enjoy being a hermit.”
And we thank you.
And he did.
People in a place of public accomodation are required by law to observe the rules of the road and to obey the traffic directions of a peace officer.
Based on your responses on this thread, if I'm ever in your neck of the woods I'll enjoy the fact that you're a hermit as well
Thinking is in short supply on this thread.
Drive-Thrus are the problem and must be BANNED.
“Help me out with your logic. If the cop wasnt there, then it was ok for the woman to block the drive-thru?”
Put it this way; was it ok for her to wait for the product she had paid for to be delivered? Yes it was ok. IF MD cannot deliver the product they are offering in a timely manner they need to either refuse the order OR ask her to park and enter the building to place the order.
IMO she has a legal basis to receive what she paid for. Doesn’t matter if it was a $2 french fry or a $3000 Plasma TV.
Or since she’s old should we tell her to wait in the back by the garbage bins?
I think “guessing” is the keyword. I’m amazed at all the speculation that goes on in one of these type of threads.
You’re quoting someone else’s post, not mine.
No, she wasn't. There is no "right" to obstruct the flow of traffic.
and as a dignified human being
A dignified person does not say the things she said about the officer's family. Only gutter trash speak like that.
does not wish to be pushed around.
She was pushing others around by rudely blocking them in.
I imagine the younger men posting on this thread are the same ones who are rude to me on a daily basis if I am perceived to be in their way.
And here you reveal that your argument is not based on the facts of the matter, but because of your emotional identification with the perpetrator.
This is an update....
When she refused to move she was violating the property owner’s directions.
Then after she got her food she continued to argue with the officer behind her for an extended time causing everyone in line to wait excessively, but for their food to get cold while they waited for her to move.
She deserves to be arrested. She should have to make restitution to everyone stuck behind her.
I would presume that she paid for the "unsalted fries" and was told by the people at the window to move up so that the people behind her could proceed...which she apparently was unwilling to do.
Getting unsalted fries at McDonald's can take a while as the person taking the order haas to catch the next batch of fries that come out before they are salted. Others needing orders of fries and walking by may dump the next batch and salt it before you get to it. (Just saying.)
It didn’t take 20 minutes for her to get her food.
I guess you hate your own grandmothers too. There’s a lot of hatred on this thread for people perceived to be “elderly.”
And, oh, when I spoke of “being in the way,” I wasn’t referring to driving. You all assumed that.
I was afraid you would use the word “legal.” I’m not familiar with the current state of the law in Florida, but I’m not aware of a law that entitles you to sit on your ass.
Sounds like “grandma” is a bit mentally off, but the police officer did the right thing.
Ms. Merola was on private property, specifically the drive-thru lane of a FAST food restaurant, and had placed a special order (french fries without salt). She refused the request of the manager, who was authorized to be in charge of the private property, and subsequently the request of the police officer who happened to be behind her (and was supporting the manager’s authorized request), to move her car so that other drive-thru customers could continue to be served. This is standard practice at drive-thrus, and she’d been told an employee would bring her order out to her car when it was ready — also standard practice, and certainly an inconvenience to the restaurant staff. Ms. Merola has no right to interfere with the operation of a private business on private property, by refusing to move her car upon request, thus unnecessarily delaying service to other customers.
these peaple were in a ‘fenced in’ type
of drive thru, or could move to the right?