Assault by Deadly Carbohydrates?
Simone Paolercio is a middle school teacher from Lakeland, Florida. Apparently, Ms. Paolercio was having a bad day on December 17. After placing a fairly large order at McDonald’s Drive Thru window, Paolercio was not satisfied by what she found in her bag.
Security footage, which does not have sound but only video, shows her discussing the customer service issue with the manager. It also shows her throwing hash browns at the McDonald’s employee. Then she takes the items out of the bag one by one, piling them on the ledge. Finally, after the manager points to the security camera, she drives
Polk County Police charged Paolercio with battery later in the day.
Good thing the manager didn’t ask her to pull forward out of the line to wait for her food to be brought out.
While Paolercio’s behavior was reprehensible and served as a terrible example to her students, are the resources of the criminal justice system best used to arrest someone
for throwing hash browns? Good thing McDonald’s staff didn’t ask her to pull forward out of the line to wait for an employee to bring the food out to her car.
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