Ex-McDonald's Worker Charged With Felony For Tampering With Officer's Food

Holly Matkin

Tatyana Hargrove has been charged with one felony count of willfully poisoning food.

Bakersfield, CA – The former McDonald’s employee who allegedly smeared a uniformed Bakersfield police officer’s hamburger bun on the floor and then spit on it will stand trial on a felony charge of willfully poisoning food.

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, is due back in court on March 23, KGET reported.

On Thursday, the judge found there was insufficient evidence to support an additional charge of misdemeanor battery, and ultimately dismissed the count.

Hargrove’s former co-worker, Herman Trevino, was also charged for failing to stop her from serving the tainted food after he witnessed her actions, KGET.

The felony charge against Trevino was dismissed in exchange for his testimony in Hargrove’s upcoming trial.

Hargrove was arrested on Nov. 15, 2019, after managers at the Bakersfield McDonald’s restaurant became aware of the incident as they were reviewing security footage from inside the business, the New York Post reported.

They turned the incriminating footage over to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

According to investigative reports, the video showed Hargrove wiping the uniformed officer’s hamburger bun on the restaurant floor before she spit on it, KGET reported.

She then yelled, “Black lives matter! F--k the pigs!” according to courtroom testimony.

Hargrove subsequently allowed the order to be served to the unsuspecting officer, who was in full uniform waiting in the drive-thru line in a marked patrol vehicle.

Hargrove’s attorney, Lexi Blythe, said that prosecutors couldn’t prove that Hargrove exposed the officer to any harmful chemicals because it was unknown when the floor had last been cleaned with such products, according to KGET.

Blythe further argued that Hargrove’s back was turned to the camera when she allegedly spit on the officer’s food, and said there was no evidence to support that portion of the allegations.

But according to prosecutor Gina Pearl, one of Hargrove’s fellow employees heard her draw saliva into her mouth as she was making the officer’s food, KGET reported.

The video also showed her wiping her mouth with her arm after the moment when she allegedly spit on his meal.

Pearl said that saliva undoubtedly qualifies as a “harmful substance,” KGET reported.

“Look at what’s going on in the world right now with the coronavirus,” she pointed out.

The officer did not feel ill after he ate the food, nor did he go to a hospital, KGET reported.

Restaurant owner Jim Abbate denounced Hargrove’s actions in a statement shortly after her arrest.

“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,” Abbate said, according to the New York Post.

“When we found out about this disturbing incident, we quickly notified the police,” Abbate added. “We are cooperating with their investigation and want law enforcement to know they are always welcome at McDonald’s.”

According to the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD), the officer targeted in the incident was also involved in a failed lawsuit Hargrove had previously filed against the department, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

The lawsuit stemmed from an altercation that occurred on June 18, 2017, according to KGET.

Bakersfield police were searching for a man who allegedly brandished a machete outside a local grocery store when they spotted Hargrove riding her bike in the area.

Bakersfield Police Officer Christopher Moore said that he initially believed Hargrove was a male, and that she matched much of the description that had been provided regarding the armed suspect.

The suspect was described as a “black male, white shirt, carrying a pink backpack,” Officer Moore said, according to KGET.

According to the lawsuit, Officer Moore drew his duty weapon and ordered Hargrove to hand over her backpack.

She refused, and demanded to know if the officers had a warrant.

Another officer stepped in to detain Hargrove as she straddled her bicycle, but she interlaced her fingers behind her head, KGET reported.

She also allegedly kicked at the officers, according to KGET.

When the officer grabbed onto her hands, he tripped and fell to the ground, Officer Moore wrote in his incident report.

Hargrove then fell on top of the officer who was trying to detain her, at which point Officer Moore deployed his K9.

Hargrove was bitten by the K9 and taken into custody on charges of interfering with a police dog, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.

Approximately an hour later, officers learned that the suspect they had been searching for was a bald male who stood approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds, KGET reported.

Hargrove was 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighed 120 pounds, according to the New York Post.

The machete-wielding suspect was later apprehended by police, KBAK reported.

The BPD said that the incident with Hargrove stemmed from a case of mistaken identity, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

Then-Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green ultimately dismissed the criminal charges against Hargrove, and said that both the suspect and the officers handled the altercation poorly, according to KGET.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin agreed, and apologized to Hargrove and her family, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

In her lawsuit, Hargrove claimed that the officers ripped her off of her bike, threw her to the ground, and punched her in the face before they deployed the K9.

She alleged that the officers used excessive force and violated her civil rights, and requested that the court award her compensatory and punitive damages.

The Bakersfield chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) backed Hargrove in her lawsuit, and alleged that the incident was racially motivated.

On Oct. 18, 2019, a federal jury in Fresno rendered a verdict in favor of the city, and refused to award Hargrove damages, KGET reported.

She subsequently waived her right to appeal the jury’s decision in exchange for the city agreeing not to seek repayment of its legal fees.

Comments (136)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Getto trash... what normal person wants to spit and rub food on the floor and then serve it to another person?
I know I've never done this and have never even thought about doing it.
Why would you?
Where does the hate come from?
Her parents have done a great job of raising her although everyone here knows she probably doesn't have both parents in her life just as this won't be her only court appearance in her tragic short life.

No. 1-48
flybynight
flybynight

Now I ask you, does she look like the kind of person that would do something like that? 🙄

Wendyjo
Wendyjo

Look at the way they dressed her up to look like she is 10 years old. but that smirk on her face says it all. There will never be a day in my life that I would sell my soul to the devil and be a defense attorney. I am way too honest to lie for people with no conscience, morals or decency.

BubbaDon'tPlay
BubbaDon'tPlay

Angry, hateful little dyke bitch.

Jlna5434
Jlna5434

She got nothing so guess the police got the last laugh!!!

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Turd on legs.

Navy
Navy

She will need to Ponder receiving the same treatment in Prison if she looses :)

policekin
policekin

This happens to food more often than you might think. In my son's department his fellow officers eat at the hospital. Officer are appreciated in the hospital cafeteria. Officers have protected nurses and staff many times from street scum that don't appreciate the free care they receive prior to going to jail.

Blueblood16
Blueblood16

They need to start putting this stuff under HATE crimes!!! They are being targeted because they are LEO's. That a group and are being attacked because of it.
(Not that it will help them)

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Filthy, disgusting, PIG and I'm certainly not talking about the Officer either! What a piece of inept bile in society! To do this to ANYONE, it's disgusting and unacceptable. Please Judge, MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF THIS CASE!!!!!!!!

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

I don’t think that defendant wants to smirk like that where a jury can see her. It kind of gives the wrong vibe, like she’s guilty as sin and she knows it.

RunCop
RunCop

Just a misguided urban youth and her shenanigans.....

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is what @Hi_estCommDenomn has admitted to doing when he was slinging hamburgers.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

If I was a cop, I wouldn't buy any food prepared by blacks, anywhere, in uniform.

dlkoshuta
dlkoshuta

Anyone know why I can't leave a "like" on comments? Just wondering....

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

good. shame this needed to happen for her to learn that her actions have consequences.

maybe her convictions will convince others not to commit a similar crime

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

Just an example of how kids are raised today. Any self respecting person knows this is wrong and would never think of doing things like this. As far as an attorney representing someone who does crap like this, they must have no moral guide lines as to what is right and decent. You just gotta ask, "what is wrong with you for defending someone who does this shit" No respect for anyone who can defend this type of action. You are as low and the lowlife who did it!

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

by trying to use the coronavirus scaremongering to influence this case, it will make it ripe for an appeal.

LynnSB
LynnSB

What a disgusting piece of garbage isn’t it sad that we have people like this that do these type of things and these goddamn mental rejects seem to think it’s OK so she’s been charged with a felony well let’s see how far it gets. She’s black she’s kind a little and she’s a woman and of course the biggest thing is she’s in California so undoubtedly she’ll get off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist when the bitch should be doing hard time in prison that’s attempted murder who the hell knows what kind of nasty this bitch has in her spit and then wiping it on the floor and give it to an officer really she should do at least a few years in prison let’s see if she makes it through nasty bitch

bryantrent
bryantrent

What the hell

Whutsup
Whutsup

The same mindset that will intentionally spread the covid19 virus...

Stanracer
Stanracer

Obviously this racist little POS has drank too much of the Koolaid from BLM! Hopefully she gets some serious jail time. This hatred of the police needs to stop.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Doesnt seem right when your minding your own business and something wrong happens to you does it?

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Reminds me of the words from Gunnery Sgt. Hartman..."You are the lowest form of life on Earth, you are not even a human fucking being!"

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

I'd love to smack that smirk off her fuckin SAVAGE LITTLE FACE !!!!!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

What A SAVAGE LITTLE BITCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

That's not a African- American Male? Dresses like one, very sharp!

Saints
Saints

Well at least her lawyer's conciousness is clear RIGHT... POS!!! every defense lawyer is a scum!!! Sit there and defend such trash.....

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

This is why I don't eat at restaurants or order in uniform. I'll either bring my lunch from home or I'll call in my order like a regular joe.

K-9 319
K-9 319

I hope the judge's decision wipes that smirk off her face. Piece of trash.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

My favorite parts of the story is when the K9 bit her and that the jury did not award her damages for the claims she had.

nuccten
nuccten

A future liberal big city prosecutor.

VivaK-9
VivaK-9

She might say on her defense, she did that because of 400 years of slavery.

Shineon83
Shineon83

OMG....(Now, I’ve seen everything) : A 22-year-old WOMAN...wearing PIGTAILS?!?

(Note to Defense : Don’t you think you’re stretching the gullibility of the jury to the breaking point)?....

Grog
Grog

"F**k the ghetto rats!"

Cops kid
Cops kid

Ladies !!! he's single

Schick56
Schick56

Maybe when they read the sentence, that smug ass look will come off her face, 🖕bitch.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Trash being raised by trash!! This is what you get when they have kids for a government check!! Total garbage!!

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

Wouldn't you just love to smack that smirk off her face?

Rottweilerowner7
Rottweilerowner7

Look at her all “sweet and innocent” like she did nothing. That’s why when me and my former LEO’s needed food we either went to a place we really trusted or got a few things that were sealed at a gas station. This bitch needs the fullest penalty, you can tell she doesn’t care. Make her eat the disgusting jail food. This stupid Black Lives Matter is full of horseshit. They think their always correct but when something is wrong they come running to Caucasian, Hispanic, Indian etc. All because of our last president

a.collins
a.collins

If Obama had a third daughter...

No truth in here
No truth in here

No truth in here
No truth in here

Watch this and watch you still see no dignity to disrespect those who do so much to prey on others and those not like them because of a badge and gun..

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

I wonder if the K-9 is okay after biting a bio hazard.

Mbonfan
Mbonfan

DAN

Sftrckr
Sftrckr

I say feed the bitch a shit sandwich!

Protector
Protector

Throw her in jail for exposing him to a potential infectious disease. Teach her long hard lesson. 1 year room and board..prison

We9erfam
We9erfam

Good and dont give her a slap on the wrist either put her ass in Jail for a hot long minute teach her a lesson or she will do it again.


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