Originally published on December 13, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An Instacart delivery driver ran past an elderly couple’s grocery store due to a pro-police sign in their yard, according to police.
Blaine police said they responded on December 6 to a call from the couple reporting that they had ordered groceries from local Cub Foods and requested delivery via the Instacart delivery service.
The couple said when they received notification that the driver was outside the house, they decided to meet the driver there due to the amount of snow in their driveway.
According to police, when the couple opened the front door, the driver yelled back and asked them to check inside the Christmas wreath hanging from the door.
The couple said they watched as the delivery man drove back and forth in the driveway. After the delivery driver left, the couple said they found their groceries had been shipped. The couple also found a receipt for a grocery order that read, “Instacart doesn’t pay staff, sry looking for another slave. F— racist police pigs. ”
Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany said after reviewing the messages, they believe the delivery driver’s actions were in response to a sign advocating law enforcement in the couple’s front yard.
“We’ve seen things with signs in the past, but this brazen thing is truly regrettable and truly amazing,” Podany said.
He said detectives contacted the driver, who was described as a 36-year-old woman from Coon Rapids. Police told WCCO she didn’t want to talk to them.
“We are law enforcement, we don’t all like us, we understand that, but don’t belittle the innocent people out there especially those who are trying to contribute to our livelihoods. this person,” Podany said.
The GoFundMe page created for the couple shows that they have a “Thank you Blaine PD” sign.
The couple has also received a full refund from Instacart and lots of support from their community. Donors have given out more than $3,400 to help them.
Instacart released a statement in response to the incident, calling the shopper’s actions “unacceptable.”
“We are appalled by the unacceptable actions of this shopper, who has been removed from the Instacart platform. We contacted the customer directly to refund their order and provide additional resources. We will continue to provide support to affected customers and will also work directly with local law enforcement on any investigation into this matter,” Instacart said.
The driver has not been arrested or charged, but she could face misdemeanors of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, which could land her in jail for up to 90 days. .
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/12/14/instacart-driver-runs-over-groceries-blaine-pro-police-sign/ Police: The delivery driver who ran past the elderly couple’s grocery store asked the police to log into their yard – WCCO