Finding the perfect parking spot can be tough in many towns, but a 71-year-old woman ended up in jail after picking a fight with two military members over just that.
According to police in Macon, Ga., Judy James Tucker confronted 27-year-old Treasure Sharpe and 34-year-old Stephanie Mitchell, two uniformed service woman, inside of the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
Though Tucker claimed the contentious encounter began “over a parking spot” and “because she was white and it was a race issue,” police arrested the elderly woman after video footage and witness accounts indicated she was the aggressor.
Mitchell said the incident began when they were backing into a spot and Tucker’s son yelled out that “they should learn how to park” and “called them dumb bitches.” Inside the restaurant, Mitchell said Tucker’s son came over and called them “Black lesbian bitches.” Sharpe, who is pregnant, turned on her camera and began filming, setting Tucker and her son and daughter off.
“Don’t you take a picture of me!” the elderly woman shouted, pushing past Mitchell to get to Sharpe. “You don’t have the right to take a picture of me!”
Tucker slapped and pushed Sharpe and her son can be seen lunging toward the woman.
Share told the group, “You’re pushing a pregnant lady,” but Tucker replied, “Well, my husband is handicapped!”
When police arrived, they carted the 71-year-old off to jail, charging her with battery.
“With all of the lunging and slapping happening, it was never shown through cell phone video that Mrs. Mitchell or Mrs. Sharpe did anything wrong,” the police report read. “In fact, Mrs. Mitchell tried, without fail, to stop the attack on Mrs. Sharpe.”
Darden Restaurants — which owns Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen — issued a statement saying they were “appalled” by Tucker’s behavior.
“We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members,” the statement read. “Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant.”
Tucker, a part-time art teacher, has been released on $650 bond.