Hope Mills, NC - Sheriff’s deputies were called to a North Carolina McDonald’s restaurant in response to a report of a customer blocking the drive-up window. Deputies say that they arrived to find Evangeline Marrero Lucca, 37, blocking the window while engaged in a stand-off with employees.
According to employees, the incident began with Lucca pulling up to the drive-up window without first ordering from the order screen and after bypassing the payment window. According to Debbie Tanna, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, Lucca instead attempted to order her food directly at the pick-up window.
“She did not want to wait in line,” Tanna said. “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.”
“The woman refused to move her vehicle and became confrontational with the employees,” Tanna added.
Witness/Customer Anthony Rich said the employee at the payment window told him the woman frequently comes to the restaurant and cuts in line. “We’re not having it anymore, so we called the cops,” Rich quoted the employee as saying.
The situation did not improve with the arrival of deputies. In fact, Lucca – who had her 3-year old child in the car with her – was reported to have become even more uncooperative.
“When we arrived, she really got mad,” Tanna said.
Deputies reportedly tried to talk the woman into moving her car for 20 minutes – then decided to act.
“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,” Rich said. “They pulled on her a couple of times, and then they Tased her again, and when they Tased her the second time, she just flopped out of the car like a [filet-o-] fish.”
Tanna described the officers using the Taser in a mode that does not involve skin-puncturing projectiles – but, rather, the probes being placed directly against the skin. Even without skin penetration, the resulting shock has been shown to cause pesky feelings of undue entitlement to simply melt away…
Lucca was taken into custody and charged with second-degree trespassing. According to Tanna, Lucca’s 3-year-old child was turned over to Social Services.Tags: drive through, Evangeline Lucca, fast food, McDonalds, North Carolina, Taser