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January 1, 2022

Teen Jumps From Drive-Thru Window to Save Choking Customer [Video]

A 15-year-old Minnesota McDonald’s employee jumped out of the drive-thru window to save a choking customer’s life.

Sydney Raley said she noticed one of her customers “coughing profusely” while pulling up to the drive-thru window during her shift.

“I noticed that she was coughing profusely, and her daughter just had this look on her face like sheer terror,” Raley said. “I could tell, ‘Oh, crap, she’s choking.’ Just seeing that visceral reaction, I knew we need to act fast.”

“I jumped out the window of the drive-thru, and I got her out of the car, and I told her daughter to call 911. I started doing the Heimlich maneuver, but I’m not really strong, so it didn’t work the first couple times,” she continued.

Raley said she took first-aid training when she was 11 for her certification to become a babysitter.

She called over a bystander for help, and he dislodged a chicken nugget from the choking customer’s throat.

“It could’ve ended a lot worse, but I am super thankful for that bystander who helped so much,” Raley said. “Because I am decent at first aid, but if it weren’t for him and our efforts together, it could’ve ended so much worse.”

Raley’s good deed netted her a $100 reward from the two Eden Prairie Police Department officers who responded to the scene.

“Our crime fund gave every officer $50 to hand out to wherever we feel the need, [including] if somebody did outstanding work, above and beyond,” Sgt. Scott Mittelstadt said.

“We’re very proud of Sydney,” Mittelstadt said. “She’s a great example of how all of us – no matter our age or position – can make a difference in our communities.”

Raley said the experience changed her perspective.

“You feel as though, like, ‘Huh, I’m actually capable of contributing to society and actually, like, capable of making a difference,'” she said.


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Minnesota teen jumps out of McDonald’s drive-thru window to save choking customer

December 27, 2021

Family of 7 Found Dead in Minnesota Home

In Minnesota, seven people, including three children, were found dead inside a home in Moorshead.

Family members of the deceased were conducting a welfare check on December 18 when they found the victims and called 911. The Moorhead Police and Fire departments confirmed the deaths of the seven individuals.

“This is an absolute horrible tragedy, made even more poignant since it is close to the holidays,” Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson said. “My heart aches for the family and friends who received this devastating news over the weekend.”

Police said there was no sign of forced entry at the scene. The Moorhead medical examiner ruled out trauma as a cause of death. Officials later released a preliminary lab result of the victims’ bloodwork, showing lethal levels of carbon monoxide.

“Today, the Moorhead Police Department received the blood results that listed a lethal level of carbon monoxide toxicity in the victims,” the department wrote in a press release.

The investigation found two sources that produce carbon monoxide: the furnace and a Kia van. Officials said they could not duplicate a furnace malfunction that would cause the deadly gas to enter the home.

“Further testing from victim blood samples is being conducted at a qualified separate lab to determine if there is a presence of hydrogen cyanide which originates from the exhaust of a motor vehicle,” the police department said. “This lab test result may take up to eight weeks for results. Once those lab results are finalized, we will move closer to defining the cause of the poisoning.”

Police noted that the investigation is still active, but the new information “should provide more answers for the cause of this tragic situation.”


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7 family members found dead inside Moorhead home

December 20, 2021

Instacart Driver Destroys Elderly Couple’s Groceries Over Pro-Police Sign

In Minnesota, an elderly couple said their Instacart delivery driver ran over their groceries with her car and left them a derogatory note because of a pro-police sign in their front yard.

The Blaine, Minnesota couple said they ordered food on December 6 from their local supermarket via Instacart, a grocery delivery service.

According to the Blaine Police Department, when the driver, Tara Olivia Plum, arrived at their house, the couple went outside to help bring in groceries.

“The driver yelled back at them to check inside of their Christmas wreath,” police wrote.

“They also reported that the driver was driving back and forth in the driveway. Upon checking inside of the wreath, they located the receipt from the grocery order with a derogatory message. After the delivery driver left they found that their groceries had been run over in their driveway.”

Local news outlets reported that the note allegedly read: “Instacart doesn’t pay employees. Sry [sorry] find another slave racist.” It also included the words “police pigs,” according to KARE.

Police said Plum, 36, was reacting to a sign in the couple’s front yard that reads: “Thank you Blaine P.D.” with the letter O replaced with a heart with the “Thin Blue Line” flag.

“Supporting law enforcement doesn’t make you racist. And it absolutely doesn’t give anyone the right to destroy your things or shatter your sense of safety,” said Amber Gray, a relative of the couple.

Plum was charged with criminal damage to property. She was removed as a delivery driver, an Instacart spokesperson said.

“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.”

Credit: Blaine Police Department (Facebook)

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Instacart driver ran over groceries because of Blue Lives Matter flag

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