Tara Plum could face time in prison after she ran over groceries meant for a Blaine, Minn. couple. According to reports, the young woman had delivered their groceries with Instacart and then became enraged when she saw their Blue Lives Matter flag.
The 36-year-old ran over the groceries with her car and left an angry note on their door. The Blaine Police Department is investigating the incident and Plum has been removed from the Instacart platform.
According to police reports, the Instacart incident happened on Dec. 6. The elderly Blaine couple, who have not been identified, ordered around $50 worth of groceries from a local Cub Foods and requested that the groceries be delivered with Instacart.
When Plum arrived, they stepped outside to make sure the young woman could navigate their difficult snowbound driveway. The husband and wife said they saw the young woman driving back and forth in their driveway. She reportedly yelled at them to look inside their Christmas wreath.
The Coon Rapids woman had left an angry note on their receipt and tucked it into the holiday decoration. She allegedly said, “Instacart doesn’t pay employees. Sry [sorry] find another slave.” The note also had the words “racist pigs,” and “f*ck the police,” written at the bottom.
The couple later found flattened groceries in the driveway. Police believe that Plum verbally attacked the couple because they had a sign in their yard that said, “Thank You Blaine Police. The ‘O’ in the sign had been replaced with a Blue Lives Matter Flag in the shape of a heart.
Despite the attack, Blaine police said that Tara Plum’s actions don’t count as a hate crime. “We would have to prove the act was committed based on the victim’s perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or national origin,” said Blaine Police Capt. Mark Boerboom.
The 36-year-old woman was cited for criminal damage to property and could face 90 days in jail if she is convicted. The investigation is still ongoing, and Plum has not been officially charged. A court date has not been set.
Because of the grocery incident, Instacart gave the couple a full refund for the ruined groceries and removed Tara Plum as a driver. The company released a statement after the attack and expressed anger about the incident.
They said, “We’re appalled by the unacceptable actions of this shopper, who has been removed from the Instacart platform as a result. 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.”
A GoFundMe page was set up for the elderly Blaine couple to help them pay for food and medical expenses. According to the page, set up by Amber Gray who identified herself as a relative of the couple, over $13,000 was raised for the Blaine couple.
The page is now closed, but Gray left a heartfelt message to all the people who donated. She said, “Wow…we are humbled by the overwhelming support and generosity from each one of you. This was completely unexpected and truly a blessing. Thank you doesn’t even begin to describe how grateful we are. At this time, we have decided to close the page, as we no longer feel comfortable accepting more donations. We do know, however, that some of you still wish do contribute. All we ask is that you pay it forward to someone or somewhere in your local community.”