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Woman Who Mouthed ‘Help Me’ At California McDonald’s Drive-Thru Saved By Quick-Thinking Employees

Some McDonald’s employees at a Lodi, California location were given some extra duties this Christmas Eve, aside from working on the holiday.

When a drive-thru customer felt a violent threat from her boyfriend, employees at the fast food chain stepped up to keep things safe and sound.

Watch news coverage here.

The San Jaoquin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a customer entered the McDonald’s, went up to the counter, and asked an employee to call 911.

The customer then gave the license plate number of the car she arrived in and asked to be hidden.

Shortly after, her boyfriend entered and insisted she return to the car and order via the drive-thru. She did so, mouthing “help me” to employees from the driver’s seat as she approached the drive-thru window.

By that point, authorities had already arrived in response to the 911 call.

Police pulled the car over and discovered that her boyfriend, identified as Eduardo Valenzuela, pressured her to take him to visit his family for the holiday, even threatening to kill her with a firearm if she refused.

Lodi community members let it be known how proud they were of this brave woman, the police, and the helpful McDonald’s staff.


Valenzuela was arrested and taken to the San Jaoquin County Jail.

He’s been charged with possession of a firearm, making criminal threats, and possession of stolen property.

Eric Spring

Written by Eric Spring

Eric Spring lives in New York City. He has poor vision and cooks a good egg. Most of his money is spent on live music and produce. He usually wears plain, solid color sweatshirts without hoods because he assumes loud patterns make people expect something big. Typically, he'll bypass a handshake and go straight for the hug.