LAKELAND, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Lakeland teacher for battery after she allegedly threw food at a McDonald’s employee.
According to investigators, 39-year-old Simone Paolercio was in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s on South Florida Avenue Saturday morning when she got into a dispute with the window attendant over her order. They say Paolercio demanded a refund. When the manager refused, she allegedly threw the food through the window, striking the attendant in the face and chest.
Paolercio fled the restaurant in her car. The incident was captured on store video surveillance.
Paolercio was located by deputies at her home, arrested without incident, and booked into the Polk County Jail on a battery charge. She told deputies she is currently a teacher at Lakeland Highlands Middle School.