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Macon woman banned from restaurant and loses college gig

Judy Tucker assaults two female soldiers, witnesses say her son called them racial slurs.
Photo credit:
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

The 72-year-old Macon Georgia woman who made headlines after she attacked two uniformed military women at a Cheddar’s restaurant faces further consequences of her actions.

Judy Tucker became enraged last Saturday when apparently, she and her son Robbie lost a handicapped parking spot to the two women. Tucker and her son confronted the soldiers, Treasure Sharpe and Stephanie Mitchell, inside the restaurant where things quickly turned ugly; the son calling them “gay black bitches” and asked, “Does the military let lesbians serve?”

It was when one of the soldiers, a pregnant Sharpe, tried to record the outburst that Tucker became more incensed and tried to grab the woman’s phone ultimately hitting her in the face

Bystander LaKeycia Ward caught the whole shoving and shouting match on camera which eventually helped police identify who was actually at fault after another family member, Tucker’s daughter, claimed they were the victims.

Tucker was taken to jail on simple battery charges then released on $650 bail.

Darden Restaurants which owns Cheddar’s took action against the family too, banning them all.

In a statement, they said, “We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members. Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant.”

Tucker’s livelihood is also in jeopardy. She is an artist who teaches classes around the area including Mercer University. The college released its own statement saying her services won’t be needed there any longer.

“She has occasionally taught an art class in the past,” said spokesperson Kyle Sears, “but will not be teaching at Mercer in the future."