BLAINE, Minnesota – A purple-haired Instacart driver named Tara could face charges after running over an elderly couple’s groceries in their driveway when she saw their pro-police signage. After smashing the groceries, Tara left a derogatory note on their receipt.
The elderly couple had carefully budgeted for their grocery order on December 6, but when they went outside to retrieve their delivery, they found their shopper, Tara, driving back and forth over their groceries, yelling at the couple to check their Christmas wreath.
In the wreath was a horrible message scrawled on the receipt, saying “Instacart doesn’t pay employees… find another slave… f*** the racist police pigs”. The hateful act and explicit message were provoked by a simple sign in the couple’s front yard that supported local law enforcement. The sign read, “Thank You Blaine P.D.”, which apparently sent the driver into a rage.
A Facebook post written by a relative of the victims, Amber Gray, explained how carefully the elderly couple had budgeted for their groceries, saying “This past year has been a rollercoaster of heartache and big life changes for them. Money is tight. Vulnerability is high.”
“These people are two of the most beautiful, generous, loving souls I’ve ever known,” Gray continued. “Tara probably doesn’t know how carefully those $50 in groceries were budgeted for. Or how devastating the recent medical diagnosis has been. Or how scared and vulnerable her vile act of hatred made them feel… Supporting law enforcement doesn’t make you a racist. And it absolutely doesn’t give anyone the right to destroy your things or shatter your sense of safety.”
Read Gray’s full Facebook post here.
Gray has started a GoFundMe page for the couple which has already raised $8,680.
The Blaine Police Department reported that the Instacart shopper has been identified and that charges are “likely in the near future”. The couple has also been fully refunded for their destroyed groceries.