McDonald's Employee Tampers with Police Officer's Food
On Tuesday, November 12, Tatyana Hargrove (above), a McDonald’s employee in Bakersfield, California, was caught tampering with food being prepared for a police officer.
Restaurant manager Jim Abbate became aware of the incident while reviewing video footage and contacted the sheriff’s office, after which the 21-year-old woman was taken into custoy and booked on one felony count of tampering with food. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said the video was obtained and reviewed and Hargrove’s actions appeared to be intentional.
In 2017, Hargrove sued the city of Bakersfield, alleging excessive force and civil rights violations after she was reportedly mistaken for a male suspect. Officers denied claims excessive force was used and that she resisted arrest. In October 2019, a district court ruled in favor of the officers.
In a comment to a Fox News reporter, Abbate said, “I want to ensure our customers and law enforcement that the behavior exhibited by the individual involved in this incident does not represent my values nor those of my McDonald’s business. When we found out about this disturbing incident, we quickly notified the police. We are cooperating with their investigation and want law enforcement to know they are always welcome at McDonald’s.”
Sources: Michael Hollan, Fox News, November 17, 2019, and Bayan Wang, KERO, November 16, 2019.