A Wal-Mart security guard demanded a woman hand over her baby at checkout. He thought it might have been a baby that was reported missing, according to a Myspace post by the mother.
Stacy Arrington of Parkville, MD, reports in her blog that she decided to go to Wal-Mart to do some shopping.
She went through the store picking up what she needed. Some baby juice, outfits, a birthday card, and a case of Pepsi.
When she arrived at the check out, she felt a bit uneasy because the cashier was staring at her baby. The cashier excused herself before giving the total and used the phone at the register to ask for assistance and gave a "code".
The next thing I know a security guard is asking me to hand him Ava. Evidently someone in the store had their baby in a cart and someone rolled the cart away. Moron parent if you ask me if someone can just roll your child away from you and now you've misplaced your baby... but... FUCK.... dont get me wrong I feel bad for the mother and I was wondering while in the store why they kept saying code "something" over the intercom but HELLO, how can someone roll a cart away with your baby in it and you dont notice! PEOPLE WAL-MART'S PRICES AREN'T THAT GOOD!They are trying to tell me that Ava is not my child. She started fussing so I began taking her out of the seat. The whole time this security guard is asking me to "give him the baby". FUCK YOU! There was no way I was handing her over! I tried to walk away, leaving her car seat, the diaper bag, even my wallet...they blocked me! I am screaming for them to get the fuck away from me. I start crying, sobbing, just holding Ava near me. Everytime the security guard put his hands near her I shifted away. Ava is screaming at the top of her lungs by this time. I am screaming to get a manager. I started telling them everything I could think of to prove she is mine. Her birthmark, hospital card in the diaper bag, my ID in my wallet...pictures of her in my wallet. I am screaming that I am going to sue the FUCK out of them and God help them when my husband and father hear about this! Finally the manager realized that they had the wrong person and they gave her everything for free and he put the bags in her cart. At that point she more or less ran out of the store.
I drive home telling Joe on the phone what just happened. He is telling me to call the news. Ava is still screaming in the background. I'm crying. I have never been so afraid in my life. I stop at the police station and they cant even write a report because no one took my baby from me. Well shit, no fuck... they wouldnt have been able to get her away from me. So I leave the police department shaking my head in complete bewilderment.
I finally get home and I am now waiting on Fox 45 News to call me back. I am still shakey.
I will never shop in that Wal-Mart ever again! I may not ever shop at ANY Wal-Mart again! I am not ever go shopping again!! Just the thought that someone, anyone could try and tell me that she was not mine....
Ok, I have to stop....
BOYCOTT WAL-MART!!! At least the White Marsh location! Needless to say it looks like the situation could have been handled much better by the staff and security. Sadly it is just one in a long line of Wal-Mart horror stories that make the news.
The consumerist also reported this story.