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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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To: La Enchiladita
She has retained her spirit in a spirit-killing society.

And in doing so, screwed over everyone else. Do not confuse spirit with anarchy.
51 posted on 01/23/2008 11:47:59 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Defiant

City of Clearwater Municipal Code 21.11(2)

(2) Obstruction of public places. It shall be unlawful for any person after first being warned by a law enforcement officer to willfully obstruct the free, convenient, and normal use of the Pinellas County Trail or of any public or quasipublic sidewalk, curb, bicycle path, walking area, mall or that portion of private property utilized for public use, so as to endanger the safe movement of pedestrians or vehicles thereon; and no person after being warned by a law enforcement officer shall willfully block or obstruct, or willfully prevent the free access to the entrance to any building open to the public.


52 posted on 01/23/2008 11:48:07 AM PST by HD1200
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To: onevoter

Yes, the next time I am in a big hurry at the supermarket and don’t feel like waiting for the little old lady in front of me to count out her change one penny at a time, I should call the police and have her arrested.

Riiiiiiiight....


53 posted on 01/23/2008 11:48:07 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: HD1200

This officer was, without question, a very large Wal-Mart brand douche. However, when he demanded her license and registration, she refused. That will get you arrested, end of story.


54 posted on 01/23/2008 11:48:12 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: HD1200

False arrest for starters, if the cop did not have the right to arrest her. If he can come up with a viable claim that she violated a law that gave him the right to arrest her, then she has no case. The thing that a good news organization should report is, what was she arrested for, and what were the facts supporting that arrest. We don’t know.


55 posted on 01/23/2008 11:49:02 AM PST by Defiant (Don't be a hostage to Hope.....Arkansas. Vote Fred.)
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To: YOUGOTIT

City of Clearwater Municipal Code 21.11(2)

(2) Obstruction of public places. It shall be unlawful for any person after first being warned by a law enforcement officer to willfully obstruct the free, convenient, and normal use of the Pinellas County Trail or of any public or quasipublic sidewalk, curb, bicycle path, walking area, mall or that portion of private property utilized for public use, so as to endanger the safe movement of pedestrians or vehicles thereon; and no person after being warned by a law enforcement officer shall willfully block or obstruct, or willfully prevent the free access to the entrance to any building open to the public.


56 posted on 01/23/2008 11:50:04 AM PST by HD1200
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To: La Enchiladita
HeShe didn’t want to wait for her to get her fries.
What a prickbitter old witch, emblematic of a completely selfish society.

There. Fixed.

57 posted on 01/23/2008 11:50:05 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: wideawake
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.

That's a fact. I'd get out and push her car out of the way.
58 posted on 01/23/2008 11:50:17 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: La Enchiladita
He didn’t want to wait for her to get her fries.

Completely untrue.

He wanted her to move up several inches so he could get around her and allow the party behind him - who was also waiting - to pick up their order.

She was the selfish one.

59 posted on 01/23/2008 11:50:28 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

If this was what the officer arrested her for, he probably was justified. Her lawsuit will die.


60 posted on 01/23/2008 11:50:37 AM PST by Defiant (Don't be a hostage to Hope.....Arkansas. Vote Fred.)
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To: Defiant

The current trend in our country is:

Talk back to Mom, she smacks you and she gets arrested for abuse.

Talk back to a Cop, he Tases you, arrests you and charges you with verbal assault, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, disorderly conduct and anything else he can think of so something will stick and you end up spending 6 months winding your way through the judicial system.


61 posted on 01/23/2008 11:51:21 AM PST by sonofagun
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To: HD1200

She’s not demented. She has all her marbles. Pray that you keep yours. I’m going on 61 and wondering about myself....:)


62 posted on 01/23/2008 11:52:21 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: Beelzebubba

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

Not really, all he had to do was pull around her. Instead he decided to harass her for illegal parking when she parked where MD asked her too.


63 posted on 01/23/2008 11:52:22 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: La Enchiladita

She was blocking the drive-thru. Made a special order, which takes time. The employee asked her to move and her food would be brought to her. She refused. Damn rude at any age if you ask me.


64 posted on 01/23/2008 11:52:56 AM PST by gate2wire (Even when you know, you never know.)
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To: AppyPappy

I thought fast food was supposed to be..... FAST?
Fries without salt, how hard is that?


65 posted on 01/23/2008 11:53:27 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: wideawake

“Her car was blocking his car in.”

No it wasn’t. The Mayor said he approached her for illegal parking and not for blocking the drive thru. This driv thru is open on the right side. Its not one that has a wall or curb on both sides.


66 posted on 01/23/2008 11:53:44 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: dashing doofus

a cop can still arrest you on private property. the only thing he cant give tickets for or arrest you on are traffic tickets. atleast thats how it is in dallas.


67 posted on 01/23/2008 11:54:52 AM PST by abstracTT
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To: HD1200

There you go, stirring up the “Free Mumia” crowd again...

:p


68 posted on 01/23/2008 11:55:17 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: wideawake

“Obstructing the flow of traffic.”

Its a parking lot and there aint no traffic in a parking lot. She was parked where they asked her to park. She has a right to wait for the product she had already paid for to be delivered.


69 posted on 01/23/2008 11:55:39 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: OCCASparky

Yeah, and don’t confuse a lawful and orderly society with a police state.


70 posted on 01/23/2008 11:56:17 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: HD1200

What a witch.

Bring back the Salem witch trials!... Crazy old hag would definitely have been burned at the stake back in the day.


71 posted on 01/23/2008 11:57:01 AM PST by LibWhacker (Democrats are phony Americans)
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To: OCCASparky

“And oh yeah—failure to follow police instructions IS an arrestable offense.”

Only if the officer issues a legal command. It wasn’t legal and the property owners had told her to move ahead.

Funny how old people seem to always lose their rights and are always idiots and battleaxes that need a good tasering.


72 posted on 01/23/2008 11:57:37 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: Beelzebubba
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.

Let's see if we can spot the word that you must have missed:

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.

Sounds like perhaps the "stubbord citizen" was blocking a DRIVE-THRU and obstructing traffic (for 20 minutes).

(Of course that's one reason I NEVER go through the drive-thru.)

73 posted on 01/23/2008 11:58:19 AM PST by VRWCmember (Romney 2008 - The most palatable RINO left in the race)
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To: La Enchiladita

I would “love, love, love” to see your opinion while trapped behind her for 20 minutes in a drive-thru line.


74 posted on 01/23/2008 11:58:24 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: HD1200
Wow!! That’s awful. You want abuse from old ladies. Try working a deli counter during a sale in a supermarket or answering the buzzer in the meat room when the old gal wants the best cheapest ham on sale right before Easter.

Give me a brake!! This officer better grow a thicker skin when dealing with the public. Sheesh!!

75 posted on 01/23/2008 11:58:58 AM PST by 4yearlurker (Thanks Vets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: HD1200

MD told her to park there. Or are you gonna pull out your game warden argument on this thread too.

Just taze the ole lady and stop her heart. Be done with it already.

/vomit


76 posted on 01/23/2008 11:58:58 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: wideawake

Have people lost the use of their legs? I’m serious. Was the officer and the driver behind him incapable of getting out of their vehicles and walking INSIDE the McDonalds or whatever it was, and if so urgently hungry, ordering their food inside the establishment? Just amazing to me how little THINKING people do.


77 posted on 01/23/2008 11:59:17 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: HD1200
Thank you.

I would also point out that a Google statellite capture of the McDonald's in question reveals a standard McDonald's floorplan with a drivethru path that can clearly more than accomodate two vehicles side by side, simply by comparing its breadth to the width of the cars in the capture and the width of nearby parking spaces.

She was driving a sedan and he was driving a police cruiser or possibly an SUV.

It is obvious from looking at the satellite capture that she must have been in the center of the drivethru path, and had not pulled to the side of the path to allow other cars to pass abreast of her.

78 posted on 01/23/2008 11:59:45 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: La Enchiladita

Were they supposed to block the drive-thru?


79 posted on 01/23/2008 12:00:15 PM 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: sonofagun

Great. May I add that the “current trend in our country” is for people to have knee-jerk reactions regarding what the current trend in the country actually is?


80 posted on 01/23/2008 12:00:28 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: driftdiver
It wasn’t legal

HTF would you know? What if that officer had been given an emergency call but couldn't take it because the woman refused to move forward? Would that make you feel better knowing a FRIGGIN ORDER OF FRIES might have cost someone their life?
81 posted on 01/23/2008 12:00:40 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: awakened; onevoter; wideawake

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


See post 6 where I recognized my error.


82 posted on 01/23/2008 12:00:47 PM 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

Ask them.
Tell them.
MAKE them.

It’s SOP and grandma shoulda thought of that before becoming a PTA.


83 posted on 01/23/2008 12:01:19 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: La Enchiladita

They were all trapped, all two dozen of them or more I bet. How do you back up two dozen cars out of a drive through without having one or two of them at least telling the guy telling them to back up to TELL THE OLD LADY TO DRIVE FORWARD!!!


84 posted on 01/23/2008 12:02:06 PM PST by HD1200
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To: AlexW

“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 went to talk to her when Merola yelled at him, according to the report.”

“Parco spent about 20 minutes asking Merola to move the car before she was arrested. Merola kept asking for the police chief and making a scene at the drive-through, according to the report.”

“In a separate statement to another officer, the McDonald’s manager gave an account similar to Parco’s, police reports show.”

So, let me get this straight. Some cranky old hag decides that she can single handedly stop the flow of traffic at McDonalds. In doing so, she also traps in a cop. He asks her to move, she curses him out for 20 minutes.

First of all, that IS disorderly conduct, which can be brought on private or public property. Secondly, he asked her to move for TWENTY minutes. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t sound like jack booted thug. That sounds like more patience than anyone on THIS thead would be willing to show.

I hope to God some day a crotchety old woman just parks her car in your driveway as you’re trying to go to work some morning. And then refuses to move when you ask her. Then tells you that your wife will divorce you, your kids hate you, and that you’re going to hell. And that she won’t move unless the police chief himself tells her to move. Because if you even breath wrong, that makes YOU a jackbooted thug. After all, she’s just showing “spirit”.

But cop bashing on this site is the norm, which is sad. It doesn’t matter how obvious it is that this old hag had it coming to her. It doesn’t matter that the McDonald’s manager agreed with the cop. You Cop Flamers only can see three words in the title...”Grandma”, “Arrested”, and “Officer”. Who cares about anything else, like reason and logic?


85 posted on 01/23/2008 12:02:24 PM PST by The Black Knight (The Tengu Demon with a heart)
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To: gate2wire

“She was blocking the drive-thru. Made a special order, which takes time. The employee asked her to move and her food would be brought to her. She refused. Damn rude at any age if you ask me.”

Not quite right, they asked her to move and she did. She pulled up as far as she could and could go no further. The cop thought she was parked illegally and decided to teach her a lesson.

Her son is a friend of the Mayor. The Mayor and police chief have called her to apologize.

Despite all this the City of Clearwater Florida wants you to know their police force is tourist and elderly friendly.


86 posted on 01/23/2008 12:02:35 PM PST by driftdiver
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To: La Enchiladita
Fries without salt, how hard is that?

About 5-7 minutes (I worked McD's in high school). Instead she turns it into a 20-minute ordeal by arguing with a cop.

And oh yeah, I've been to some drive-thrus in urban or crowded areas where there is NO way to get around another car in front of you. Either they move up or you're stuck.
87 posted on 01/23/2008 12:02:48 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: patch789
I'm curious

how do you know

that the cop car

was one inch behind her rear

bumper?

Ever been through a drive thru

in your

life?

88 posted on 01/23/2008 12:03:03 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (God Bless George W. Bush)
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To: gate2wire

She was well within her rights, and as a dignified human being does not wish to be pushed around. And I guess it killed everyone else to be inconvenienced for a few minutes. Honestly, I see the selfishness every day and that’s why I enjoy being a hermit.

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.”


89 posted on 01/23/2008 12:03:07 PM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: OCCASparky

Nice post, but get ready for the “cop was sittin at a donut hole and shouldn’t have been there” brigade to go after you!

Never mind the fact that cops get lunch and work breaks also.


90 posted on 01/23/2008 12:03:32 PM PST by HD1200
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To: La Enchiladita
Yeah, and don’t confuse a lawful and orderly society with a police state.

Wouldn't dream of it--looks like you've got that one covered pretty well already.
91 posted on 01/23/2008 12:03:59 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: La Enchiladita

Was that you going 30 MPH in the 70 MPH lane this morning?


92 posted on 01/23/2008 12:04:22 PM PST by HD1200
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To: LibWhacker
;)
93 posted on 01/23/2008 12:04:39 PM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: Beelzebubba

just because wacdonalds told her to park there doesnt make it ok or legal.

that drive thru is not private property when used for public access. some people need to read up and their laws.

shes blocking the drive-thru. he gives her a command to move. shes says no. he was within his rights to arrest her.

only shame on his part is waiting 20 minutes.

just because a parking lot surrounds a business doesnt automatically make it private.


94 posted on 01/23/2008 12:05:03 PM PST by abstracTT
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To: The Black Knight

You don’t understand. Asking someone to move is emblematic of a police state.


95 posted on 01/23/2008 12:05:13 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: La Enchiladita
Was the officer and the driver behind him incapable of getting out of their vehicles and walking INSIDE the McDonalds or whatever it was, and if so urgently hungry, ordering their food inside the establishment?

And just leave their cars parked in the drive-thru lane?

I don't understand how anyone here is defending someone who blocked a drive-thru lane for 20 minutes.

96 posted on 01/23/2008 12:05:16 PM PST by Millers Cave (Lurker since 1998)
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To: OCCASparky

“HTF would you know? What if that officer had been given an emergency call but couldn’t take it because the woman refused to move forward? Would that make you feel better knowing a FRIGGIN ORDER OF FRIES might have cost someone their life?”

What if the sky was falling?? What ifs don’t carry very far. When cops start arresting on WHAT IFS then we are truly lost as a society. There was no emergency call, there was no other call. He wasted a couple hours on a completely useless arrest.

If his time was so valuable he should not have been in the drive thru in the first place. He probably wasn’t supposed to be which was why he was upset in the first place. Afraid he was gonna get in trouble.

Cops deserve to be treated with respect. So does everyone else. Cops are not elite uber citizens.


97 posted on 01/23/2008 12:05:44 PM PST by driftdiver
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

No one was “trapped,” just too stupid to think of alternatives. Dumb, mean cop in my book.


98 posted on 01/23/2008 12:05:52 PM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: wideawake

The lady sounds like she is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.


99 posted on 01/23/2008 12:06:13 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: The Black Knight
Game. Set. Match.

Well said, Knight.
100 posted on 01/23/2008 12:06:32 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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