McDonald’s Employees Help Rescue Woman Who Mouthed ‘Help Me’ in Drive-Thru

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December 30, 2019 - 8:58 am

Fast-acting McDonald’s employees helped save the day after a woman disclosed she was allegedly being threatened by her male companion.

The incident occurred at the chain’s location in Lodi, California when the woman entered at around 2pm and quickly told an employee to call 9-1-1, reported CNN.

She proceeded to give the employee the license plate number of her car and asked if they would hide her, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office said.

After using the restroom, the woman attempted to place a food order at the counter, but her male companion, Eduardo Valenzuela, demanded she place the order at the drive-thru.

The woman returned to the driver’s seat of the vehicle and continued to fear for her safety as she mouthed “help me” to the employee at the window, police said.

The McDonald’s employees alerted other customers and held up the two vehicles ahead of the woman’s car in order to give officers time to arrive.

Once the police got to the McDonald’s, the employees directed them to the woman in the car with Valenzuela in the passenger seat.

The “shaken” woman told the police Valenzuela had been violent with her in the past. She alleged that he demanded she drive him to see his family and and threatened her life with a firearm.

The officers then found a firearm in the trunk of the car, which had been reported stolen in another state.

Valenzuela was booked for criminal threats, stolen property and possession of a firearm as prohibited person. His bail was set at $360,000.

That particular McDonald’s location is a designated Safe Place and requires staff to undergo special training to learn how to properly and effectively respond to patrons in crisis.

The Golden State Restaurant Group owns that particular franchise location and praised their hero employees.

“We are proud of our team for doing their part in being A SAFE PLACE!,” the restaurant group said in a Facebook post.

”Thank you to our team for handling this appropriately, and to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office Deputies who are constantly serving and protecting our community!”

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