Instacart Driver Destroys Elderly Couple’s Groceries Over Pro-Police Sign
In Minnesota, an elderly couple said their Instacart delivery driver ran over their groceries with her car and left them a derogatory note because of a pro-police sign in their front yard.
The Blaine, Minnesota couple said they ordered food on December 6 from their local supermarket via Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
According to the Blaine Police Department, when the driver, Tara Olivia Plum, arrived at their house, the couple went outside to help bring in groceries.
“The driver yelled back at them to check inside of their Christmas wreath,” police wrote.
“They also reported that the driver was driving back and forth in the driveway. Upon checking inside of the wreath, they located the receipt from the grocery order with a derogatory message. After the delivery driver left they found that their groceries had been run over in their driveway.”
Local news outlets reported that the note allegedly read: “Instacart doesn’t pay employees. Sry [sorry] find another slave racist.” It also included the words “police pigs,” according to KARE.
Police said Plum, 36, was reacting to a sign in the couple’s front yard that reads: “Thank you Blaine P.D.” with the letter O replaced with a heart with the “Thin Blue Line” flag.
“Supporting law enforcement doesn’t make you racist. And it absolutely doesn’t give anyone the right to destroy your things or shatter your sense of safety,” said Amber Gray, a relative of the couple.
Plum was charged with criminal damage to property. She was removed as a delivery driver, an Instacart spokesperson said.
“We’ve been in direct contact with the customers to refund their order and provide additional resources. We’ll continue to provide support to the impacted customers and will also work directly with local law enforcement on any investigations into this matter.”