A Minneapolis Instacart driver ran over an elderly couple’s $50 worth of groceries in an angry fit over a pro-police sign the couple had in their driveway.
A 36-year-old driver from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, who only went by Tara on the app, reportedly ran over $50 worth of groceries in an angry fit over a sign the couple had in their driveway.
A bottle of soda, what appears to be coffee creamer, a bag of bananas and other items can be seen in the photo which police posted to Facebook on Monday.
The sign read: ‘Thank you Blaine PD’ and donned a Blue Lives Matter flag – a symbol of police support – in the shape of a heart.
Tara has since been relieved of her position at Instacart, but it wasn’t immediately clear if Tara was the driver’s real name or what type of charges the suspect is facing.
Instead of the groceries from Cub Foods that the couple had ordered, Tara left a derogatory message scribbled on a ‘random receipt’ on the couple’s front porch.
‘Instacart doesn’t pay employees. Sry [sic] find another slave. F*** the police,’ the hateful message read, which also had the words ‘racist’ and ‘pigs’ written on it in black marker.
A relative, Amber Gray, wrote on a GoFundMe: ‘My heart breaks for my loves ones,’ and detailed how the act left them feeling ‘vulnerable’.
Instacart released a statement saying it was ‘appalled by the unacceptable actions of this shopper, who has been removed from the Instacart platform as a result.’
‘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,’ it added.
The elderly couple reportedly told Instacart what happened and received a full refund for their order.
In an update posted on Tuesday, Gray called the 197 donations a ‘Christmas miracle’. It is unclear what her relationship is to the elderly couple.
The police department added in the press release: ‘The delivery driver has been identified and the investigation continues with charges likely in the near future.’
Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany told Fox 9: ‘We’re law enforcement. We get not everybody likes us, we understand that. But don’t take that out on innocent people out there, especially people who are trying to contribute to this person’s livelihood.’