Last week, a pregnant mom, her husband, and almost 3 year old daughter were shopping for groceries at Safeway. They ordered two sandwiches, and the pregnant woman ate one as they shopped (we've all been there, shopping while hungry can be dangerous!). They saved the wrapper, fully intending to pay at the check out. When they didn't (the mom simply forgot), they were arrested for shoplifting and their daughter? She was taken into custody by Child Welfare Services.
I found the story in my e-mail, and here's the LINK
to news piece. The mom says that when they were taken upstairs, they offered to pay but Safeway wouldn't let them. Safeway has announced they have apologized and will not pursue charges.
How embarrassing, and how scary it must have been to be the young girl taken away!
I remember going to the store with my mom and my mom opening chips or crackers so we could snack (and be quiet!) while she shopped. She told the cashier, who usually smiled and nodded and scanned the bar code and gave back the food. Today, when I go shopping, I am always so tempted to get a bottle of water, or even some chips to snack on while shopping. And I bet if I did it ten times, I'm sure one of those times I would forget to pay because of "mommy brain", we're humans and we forget.Have you snacked while shopping? Have you ever forgotten to pay?