Shocking footage of the moment a North Carolina woman lost control of her car in a Chick-fil-A drive-thru has gone viral.
The video was posted to TikTok on Wednesday by southernspice82, who wrote: “She stepped out [of] her car to argue with an employee and left [her] car in drive. Thankfully no one was hurt.” The post has amassed more than 5 million views and thousands of comments from viewers who said the incident was an act of “car-ma.”
How It Started
The video, being filmed from the second car in line at the drive-thru, starts in the middle of an argument. A white sedan could be seen beginning to roll away from the commotion toward a busy crossroad.
“This is why we’re concerned, ma’am!” yelled one of the restaurant’s employees as the woman chased after her car.
For a few moments, the employees simply watch as the woman tries to catch up with her vehicle. At one point, one even suggests calling the police.
But once the sedan hops the curb at the end of the drive-thru and tramples a few small bushes, it disappears off of the lot’s retaining wall, and two employees chase after the woman.
“Tell her to get away from the car!” one shouted.
A follow-up video posted by southernspice82 later that day shows the car sitting in a ditch.
How it Ended
The woman did, in fact, manage to hop back into the car before it crashed, NBC affiliate station WECT said, and, fortunately, she wasn’t injured in the accident.
Her car, on the other hand, was totaled.
WECT added that the woman was charged with a DWI and cited for “failing a field sobriety test,” though her family maintains “had been clean for months when she crashed her car.”
Newsweek has reached out to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department for more information, but commenters didn’t hold back.
“That’s called car-ma,” BridgetJ said.
Many commenters agreed.
“When she stepped out of the car to be a Karen, Karma stepped in and really said ‘my pleasure,'” wrote MPC.
“The Lord said ‘nope! no ma’am, not on my establishment!'” exclaimed Sara S.
“You don’t argue with the Lord’s people!!!!!” joked C Adams.
North Carolina DWI Data
Last year, North Carolina saw a 12 percent increase in DWI arrest charges compared with 2020, WECT reported. Wilmington, alone, saw a 42 percent increase.
According to the station, Wilmington police say the increase in arrests was largely due to the fact bars were finally reopened after the pandemic, as well as additional “help from community members.”
“We’re having more people—more of our citizens are stepping up when they see someone out there that’s driving impaired, they’re calling it in. And we have officers in the area they scanned—they follow cars, give him a detailed description, said Wilmington Police Department Sergeant Leslie Irving in a statement.
“A lot of people fall asleep at stoplights or stop signs in the car behind him, blowing the horn and they’re slumped over the wheel.”
Southernspice82’s video isn’t the first wild drive-thru moment to go viral in recent months.
In February, security footage showing a drive-thru employee throwing a drink at a customer went viral with more than 554,000 views on TikTok.
That same month, a video of the moment a woman climbed barefoot through a drive-thru window also received more than 400,000 views.
And in March, a video of the moment a drive-thru employee punched a hostile customer amassed more than 5 million views.
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