A North Carolina woman is probably still feeling the sting — at least the sting of public humiliation — from being Tased by police for refusing to budge from the McDonald’s drive-thru.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, the woman entered the McDonald’s drive-thru on Friday but rather than place her order at the menu board or pay at the first window, she went straight to the pick-up window to order her food.
“She did not want to wait in line,” a rep for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Dept. tells the paper. “They told her she had to go around and wait like everybody else did and place her order that way, that they weren’t set up at that window to take her order or take her money… She wasn’t having any of that.”
Determined that she was in the right, the woman remained at the window for around 20 minutes before authorities arrived on the scene.
“When we arrived, she really got mad,” said the Sheriff’s rep.
From the statement by the McDonald’s franchise owner:
Two or three officers entered the car with her and started trying to forcibly drag her out of the car, and that’s when you could hear the clicking sound of the Taser one time… They pulled on her a couple of times, and then they Tased (stunned) her again, and when they Tased (stunned) her the second time, she just flopped out of the car like a fish.
The woman was charged with second-degree trespassing, while her 3-year-old child was taken from the car and placed into the custody of social workers.
The Sheriff’s Dept. says that they only used the Taser on the woman because she was engaging in “threatening behavior… Our top priority was making sure people weren’t hurt because we didn’t know if she was going to drive the car off and run over somebody… Then there was the baby in the car we were concerned about.”
Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies use Taser on woman blocking McDonald’s drive-through [Fayetteville Observer]
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