At a McDonald’s in Lodi, California these fast-acting employees saved the day. A woman approached their counter on Christmas Eve. She told the employees to call 911, gave them her license plate and asked them to hide her.
The man the woman was traveling with then urged her to use the drive-thru instead. The woman mouthed at the drive-thru to one of the employees “help me.” The crew called authorities and attempted to stall the drive-thru line.
The authorities came just in time and were able to stop the car. San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office reported that the assailant, Eduardo Valenzuela, had a weapon in the back of his car. Detectives discovered that Valenzuela had been violent towards the woman in the past.
Valenzuela had threatened her life in the car on the same day of his arrest. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook, “We are lovin’ it! McDonald’s providing a ‘SAFE PLACE’ for abuse and human trafficking victims aids woman to be rescued.” Currently, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. The moral of the story—report it if you see something, it can save a life.