McDonald's Employee Arrested For Tampering With Cop's Food After Failed Lawsuit

Tatyana Hargrove was arrested on Friday for allegedly tampering with the uniformed Bakersfield police officer's meal.

Bakersfield, CA – A McDonald’s employee who recently lost a lawsuit against the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) has been arrested for allegedly tampering with an officer’s meal while working at the fast-food restaurant.

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, was arrested by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) on Friday, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

According to investigators, Hargrove allegedly tampered with a uniformed BPD’s officer’s order on Nov. 12, the New York Post reported.

Managers at the Bakersfield McDonald’s restaurant became aware of the incident as they were reviewing security footage from inside the business.

They turned the incriminating footage over to KCSO.

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

She now faces a felony charge of mingle harmful substance with food or drink, and her bail was set at $10,000.

“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,” restaurant owner Jim 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.”

The BPD said that that the officer involved in the incident was also involved in Hargrove’s failed lawsuit 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 later 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 claimed that the incident was racially motivated.

On Oct. 18, 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.

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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

What’s sad is this probably happens a lot more than you know

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

You can take the McDonalds employees out of the HOOD, but you can' expect them to be Civilized. She needs to be put away for a min of 5 yrs AND pay the Officer for his mental Anguish as well.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds like the Fresno police were asking for it here. Hopefully, they will not be so quick to go after innocent people in the future, and then they won't have to worry every time they eat at McDonald's or Denny's or Carls' Jr. or Carrow's or wherever. You never know how many food workers are smart enough to hock their loogies off camera.

flybynight
flybynight

Don't eat anywhere staffed by booger's 24/7 types.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Hargrove was facing two counts of resisting arrest, one count of willfully interfering with a police K-9, and two counts of assault on a peace officer after she was stopped by two officers who mistook her for a machete-wielding suspect who witnesses said was making threats at a nearby grocery store. The real suspect was arrested a day later.

Hargrove’s story gained national attention after the NAACP Bakersfield Chapter released a video that went viral recounting the incident on Facebook.

“I do not believe we could convince 12 people in our community beyond a reasonable doubt that Ms. Hargrove committed a crime,” Green said at a press conference Wednesday.

She added, however, that Hargrove was “defiant, uncooperative with officers,” and “handled the encounter very poorly.”

“To paraphrase Chief Martin, so did the officers,” Green said, referring to Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin.

But she seemed to make allowances for the officers. She went through the timeline, explaining that responding officers had the right to detain Hargrove, who was stopped just east of the grocery store and within seven minutes of the initial 911 call.

At that time, they didn’t have a detailed description of the suspect that included height, weight and that the suspect was bald. That didn’t come until about an hour after Hargrove was contacted, Green said.

Then she held up a photo of Hargrove one hour after the incident, her hair pulled tight in cornrows, eyes shut. “This is who the officers saw,” she said.

“It wasn’t until after the incident was over that Ms. Hargrove told the officers that she is a female but likes to dress as a male,” Green said.

Green wouldn’t say whether she agreed that the K-9 should have been deployed.

“Ms. Hargrove was given multiple commands to get off her bike, and eventually she did, but not immediately. She was given multiple commands to put her hands up where they could see them, and eventually she did, but not immediately,” Green said. Then officers made the decision to handcuff Hargrove to search her for weapons.

“From there, it is difficult to determine exactly what happened,” Green said. What she does know, she said, was that Hargrove was scared and thought she was going to die.

“Ms. Hargrove was frightened that Sunday morning. She knew she had not committed a crime, yet she was facing a police officer who was pointing a gun at her and telling her to put her hands in the air. She had never been in a situation like that before. She did not handle that situation correctly.”

MSK
MSK

Comply from the very beginning and nothing at all would have happened.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

The NAACP backed the reverend in SC who lied about the police too. Thankfully the LEO has his camera film the entire event which proved the reverend was a liar.

Victimhood victimhood victimhood - it’s pathetic

Hopefully this man/woman goes to jail.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

you don't know that. they might have all exposed themselves to her. they might have planted crack in her bag. people who can't tell males from females are liable to do all kinds of crazy shit.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This entire situation would have been avoided if she simply complied with the officers reasonable directions and had she not resisted arrest and tried to fight the police (these evens rarely work out in the suspects favor). Then she sued, and the jury found that she had no case. so she tampered with the officer's food.

I hope she goes to jail, and learns her lesson before her inappropriate behavior escalates to further criminal action.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

TFN

Dmos1357
Dmos1357

California has become a joke!!

When are they going to secede, like they said they would after Trump got elected?

flybynight
flybynight

Just another "NWA"

Littlekittykat
Littlekittykat

The NAACP claims the first incident was "racially motivated".....well they weren't looking for a white man with a machete now were they???????

AUtigerfan
AUtigerfan

If she would have simply cooperated with the officers this whole unfortunate incident could have been avoided. That's to easy so let's play the race card.

Frank R
Frank R

Hell, look at the photo above. She looks like a dude.

ArmyOfOne
ArmyOfOne

The biggest takeaway from this story for me is why the fuck would this officer even step foot in this McDonald's in uniform to order food when this shitbag that tried suing him works there. Even if he didn't know she worked there you never eat anywhere that you can't see your food being prepared while in uniform. That's common sense 101 for LEOs. Just makes me cringe thinking about it. Too many lowlife pieces of shit like this woman working in fast food. They better not drop this case.

TXbird-mom
TXbird-mom

And who's the first people she's going to call in an emergency? "I'm sorry ma'am, but all of our officers have food poisoning."

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

It wasn't the officers fault they weren't given an accurate description of the suspect. Knowledge that the suspect was bald would have prevented the stop in the first place. Had she just been compliant with the request to search the backpack, none of the ensuing events would have happened. The world is laughing at the US and saying how sickening the behaviour is of people towards the police who are there to protect them.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

To anyone new here Burgers all day just posts stupid shit to get people to respond. Don't respond to him!!!

Carolinny
Carolinny

Hargrove is a female? I’ve never seen a female with an Adam’s Apple, bulging biceps, or hands as large as “hers.” Oh, wait; there is one—Michelle Obama. Oh, wait...

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

looks like the Burgers Allday loves playing the race card. When they have nothing else going for them that race card is their TRUMP card. Four more years!!

Wish505
Wish505

Yes it does, it concerns me greatly when I go into a fast food restaurant and see all the boogers cooking in the kitchen picking there noses and scratching there buts and handling my food without gloves, hairnets, or hats on. In most cases I leave. Then again don't feel I am a true racist its just in a lot of cases I am forced to feel that way. There are a lots of good in people and you can spot those that are not pretty easily.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Funny...when I saw the picture, I thought it was a man also. Look at those biceps! No ghetto lottery for you...hahahahahhaha

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

What if the description was that it was a "human" that waved the machete? Would it then be okay to search all the adults within a mile of the reported violent crime?

Of course, the answer is "no."

Adding "black" to the description doesn't help.

Also, why was a fuller description not given the first time around? Was it so that police could just run around hassling all the black people? Seems like it.

Bakersfield PD was asking for this.

Njaz
Njaz

This person deserves jail time. Just my thoughts...

Stanracer
Stanracer

As usual, all this sidewalk lawyer had to do was comply with the officer and this story would not even exist. As far as the food incident goes, she definitely needs some jail time but, of course, will maybe get a little probation, you know, being a women and all.

Danno50
Danno50

While I think that her behavior was disgusting I have always believed that eating at a fast food restaurant while in a police uniform is asking for exactly this kind of trouble. I’m glad she was caught. Most who do this type of thing are never caught.

KillAllBLMSupporters
KillAllBLMSupporters

imagine waiting 9 months to be born and your parents name you tatyana and you're a retarded black piece of shit

EMarie
EMarie

Remember her face name. She dine out sooner or later!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Burgers, every, every time you respond to a story on this site you prove my point.

Another_User_ID
Another_User_ID

Don't look like a duck if you don't wanna be called a duck.

Storm45
Storm45

Where do these specimens get these names?

bluelivesmatter53
bluelivesmatter53

NO DEALS! This needs to STAY a felony. The biatch needs to see some serious jail time. The DA can pretend it happened to THEM if that's what it takes for him to do his damn job. NO SLACK AT ALL needs to be cut on this. This kind of behavior CANNOT BE
TOLERATED in the restaurant business...

Sparkster
Sparkster

Put her in jail and serve her a SHIT SANDWICH

Sparkster
Sparkster

Put her in jail and serve her SHIT SANDWICHES.

badge0146
badge0146

When are people going to learn if you follow the directions of a police officer things would be resolved quickly without incident. It seems like the current atmosphere gives people the impression that they don't have to follow an officers directions, and can do whatever they please. Obama did a lot to advance that agenda by putting down the police every chance he got before he even knew the circumstances. Thank God for President Trump.

Jameswcarter
Jameswcarter

to McDonalds' credit, it must have been one of their other employees who noticed Hargrove's actions with the officer's meal and reported it to management.