Woman Charged In Alleged Harassment At Livonia Kroger [VIDEO]

WWJ News
July 02, 2020 - 5:15 pm

(WWJ) A Livonia woman is facing a charge of disturbing the peace after she allegedly harassed another shopper at local grocery store.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, the incident happened the afternoon of June 13, at the Kroger on 8 Mile Road at Farmington Road in Livonia.

Listen Live Now on WWJ Newsradio 950

Investigators say 46-year-old Paula Marie Gearin was in the store with her child at around 4 p.m. when she got into an argument with a 43-year-old Southfield woman, also shopping with her kids. 

While authorities did not say what the initial argument was about, media reports said the Southfield woman's son stepped on a shelf to reach a bottle of Gatorade, apparently upsetting Gearin.

It is alleged that Gearin "became very loud and rude" and was verbally harassing the Southfield woman.

A short time later, as the complainant was trying to leave the parking lot, prosecutors say Gearin stood behind the woman's car and wouldn't let her drive away.

The Southfield woman streamed the exchange on Facebook Live — some who viewed the video dubbing Gearin "Kroger Karen." 

Livonia police officers arrived and spoke with both parties, and the complainant filed a police report. 

No injuries were reported.

Gearin was charged following an investigation.

Thursday afternoon, police were making arrangements for Gearin to be arraigned in 16th District Court.