Grandma Arrested At McDonald's

Central Florida News 13 | January 21, 2008

A 75-year-old woman was arrested at a Clearwater McDonald's drive-through over the weekend because she wouldn't pull her car forward.

Authorities said Jean Merola, a grandmother of eight, was arrested for disorderly conduct after she refused an officer's orders to move her car while she waited for the coffee and fries she ordered at the drive-through window.

Merola said the McDonald's employees told her to wait there for her food.

A Clearwater police officer was waiting behind Merola in line. He asked her for her license and registration.

"I said no. I'm not giving you my registration and my license.  What did I do that was wrong?" Merola remembered.

When she wouldn't move, the officer handcuffed her and put her in his cruiser.

Another officer arrived and took her to the Pinellas County Jail.

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