Want Fries With That Arrest? Granny Nabbed at McDonald’s Drive-Thru After Confrontation

Monday, January 21, 2008

I would ask that anyone who does read this story to please read the comment.  The comment puts light on how and what really happened as told by the mother whose daughter was working at the time this occurred. 

This is a real example of how the media reports stories how they see it and not really what happened. 

A 75-year-old grandmother of eight was arrested at a Florida McDonald’s drive-thru after police said she wouldn’t pull her car forward.

Jean Merola was waiting for her coffee and fries when a police officer asked her to move her car. Merola refused, saying she was told to wait there by McDonald’s employees, MyFoxTampaBay reported.

Merola was charged with disorderly conduct and hauled off to Pinellas County Jail, where Merola claims she was searched, photographed and fingerprinted.

Jail records show she was released about 90 minutes later on her own recognizance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

One Response to “Want Fries With That Arrest? Granny Nabbed at McDonald’s Drive-Thru After Confrontation”

  1. tbabymamma2 Says:

    As the mother of one of the managers that was working when all of this occured, I can tell you with all honesty that most of the repot is untrue and only that of what Jean wants known. McDonald’s at no time called the police, the officer was behind her in the drive thru line. She did not move up where employees asked to to go and the officer was unable to leave. He asked her to pull forward a foot and she refused, causing traffic in the drive thru to be blocked. The officer was patient with her and she was verbally abusive to him. She received her order and still refused to leave and kept yelling at the officer that he cannot tell her what to do because she knew the police chief and the mayor. At no time did the officer yell at her or was he ever mean or rude to her. When the officer went back to his vehicle thinking she would leave and go home since she had her food, she came out of her vehicle and went towards the officers car and was again verbally abusive to him, he then told her she had 2 choices, she could go into her car and go home or he would arrest her for disorderly conduct because she was causing a scene and blocking up the drive thru for an hour. She said he was not allowed to arrest her because of who she knew and she was 75 years old, so he arrested her. That officer could have gotten a call to help someone who really needed it but because she decided not to be courtious and move forward 1 foot and showed blatent disrespect for the police and causing a scene and disturbing a business she was arrested. I do not feel sorry for her because I feel that age or who you know does not place you above the law. In no way was McDonald’s at fault or for that matter the police. This lady made a choice and it obviously was not the smart one. I feel sorry for my daughter, whose life has become interuppted by all of this media crap and having to miss school as she is a manager but also a full time senior (honor student) to go to the police station for interviews and has been harassed by media and other people who only hear the story for this lady. I stand by the officer and commend him for having all the patience with her and the ability to do his job with out discrimination. Clearwater Police Department should be honored to have such an officer. Hats off to you Officer Parco and our Clearwater Poliec Department!!!!!!

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