SOURCE – During the last full week of April, police asked the public to help identify a woman who allegedly spat on two people inside of Di Bruno Bros. in Rittenhouse Square the prior weekend. Police quickly arrested 27-year-old Jacqueline McBride. Her mugshot went viral.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office charged McBride with two counts each of terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment. She’s out of jail awaiting a hearing scheduled for June 1st. And she reached out to us on Monday morning because she wanted to tell her side of the story. “It’s embarrassing,” says McBride. “And I don’t think it’s the least bit funny. People have been making jokes about me online. But it’s not funny. People don’t know what’s going on in my personal life. And they just jump to conclusions, making me out to be like I’m some kind of monster.”
Buckle up folks we’ve got a real doozy from the Center City Spitter who’s decided to tell her side of the story while digging an even deeper of a hole for herself in the process. The Center City Spitter has easily been my favorite character since Corona started. She was arrested in less than 24 hours because so many people reported her to the police after they released security camera footage of her.
Now she’s out of jail and instead of laying low like most would when they’re 100% in the wrong. She instead decides to give an interview to one of the largest magazines in the city, doing a terrible job to clear her name or paint a picture of what she’s going through.
She reached out to us on Monday morning because she wanted to tell her side of the story. “It’s embarrassing,” says McBride. “And I don’t think it’s the least bit funny. People have been making jokes about me online. But it’s not funny. People don’t know what’s going on in my personal life. And they just jump to conclusions, making me out to be like I’m some kind of monster.”
McBride is originally from the Poconos area. She says she took a six-month lease on a Rittenhouse Square apartment in Philly late last year and worked as a server and bartender until the coronavirus shut everything down.
I don’t think anyone was jumping to conclusions. Did you or did you not spit on two people in a 48 hour stretch? Multiple witnesses said you did. I think if you’re spitting all over people during a pandemic when the disease in question can travel through saliva and potentially kill someone, you’re typically labeled in the monster category. What did she think people were going to think she was misunderstood? Imagine labeling yourself as misunderstood when you’re spitting on people.
“Oh, Jackie? She just spits all over people when she comes into Di Bruno Bros. We just do our best to ignore it while she shops for some cured meats and gorgonzola.”
And how about the Spitter basically throwing out any chance of the defense winning this case by admitting the person she tried to baptize didn’t do anything wrong.
According to McBride, things “spiraled downward” from there. She claims somebody stole a bunch of her belongings in late March. And then, she says, somebody stole her phone. So by the time she walked into Di Bruno Bros. in late April, “things were really bad in my life,” McBride says.
She doesn’t deny spitting on anybody. (We asked McBride about her legal representation, and she said that she’s hoping that a good criminal defense attorney will come to her aid. “The public defenders don’t care about you,” McBride says.)
In the first incident, McBride explains that she was trying to figure out how to pay for an item at Di Bruno Bros. According to McBride, a Di Bruno Bros. employee gave her “attitude” after she asked if she could use PayPal. So, McBride admits, she spat on him.
In the second spitting incident, McBride says that the woman she spat on really didn’t do anything wrong.
“I was just really pissed off that day,” McBride tells us. “She probably did nothing wrong. I can be a little bitch sometimes, and I was acting like a little bitch that day.”
Who in their right mind, cared about their legal reputation, would read this article and decide to represent the Spitter after that comment? Not even Johnny Cochran could help you win this case. I don’t think the “I can be a little bitch sometimes, and I was acting like a little bitch that day.” defense argument has been covered at Harvard Law yet. You’re on your own Spitter. Have fun with Justin M. Beiber, Esquire the #1 lawyer of the Broad Street Line representing you in court.
At this moment if you’re wondering if you can hate one person anymore than you already do the answer is yea.
One place where critics had been targeting McBride was on one of her social media pages. There, she posted lots of Kardashian-style glamour selfies and shots of herself in bed wearing very little. Lots of hate-filled comments showed up.
“Show me one 27-year-old girl who looks like me who doesn’t post photos of themselves like that,” she says. “I’m not a bad-looking woman. And I don’t see why there are all these people talking about a young redheaded girl in Rittenhouse Square. All these 40-year-old women coming after me. What’s going on in their life that they have so much time on their hands?”
I love the Spitter saving this til the end of the interview. I feel like they were about to get off the phone and the Spitter just goes 2Pac’s Hit Em Up on the haters, “And one more thing. FUCK those old hags and clique they claim. You better back the fuck up before you get smacked the fuck up in my Instagram comments. They wish they were as hot as me.” Anyone that maybe was on the fence about the Spitter just easily drew their line in the sand.
The Spitter’s punishment should be she needs to wear the Hannibal Lecter facemask from Silence of the Lambs for the rest of quarantine while in public. Everyone needs to know you’re a danger to society when you’re gallivanting unsupervised around the streets.
If you ask me she’s getting off pretty easy. If I was the judge I’d put her on some type of list that she should have to identify herself to every neighbor wherever she moves like she’s on Megan’s Law. It should be a requirement that the townspeople know there could be someone who spits during an altercation living two doors down. At least it would save Jackie money during Halloween since she’d become the house everyone avoids.