Pregnant Mom Arrested Over Snack
November 2, 2011 by staff
Pregnant Mom Arrested Over Snack, Leszczynski Nicole could not imagine that two chicken salad sandwiches that the land she and her husband in jail and her 2-year-old daughter in state custody. But that was five days ago, when the 30-weeks pregnant forgot to pay for their food while shopping.
“It was the most ridiculous chain of events that happened,” he said as he sobbed Monday. “It’s still hard to believe what happened.”
Leszczynski, 28, and her husband, Marcin, 33, were handcuffed, searched and then released on bail and 50 each. Her ordeal at the police station lasted a few hours, but her daughter Zofia spent the night away from their parents in a case that has sparked outrage across the country and forced the supermarket chain Safeway to review the incident.
The family had moved to an apartment near downtown Honolulu to California two weeks ago. Installed yet, ventured out on Wednesday to stock up on food, took the bus, got lost and ended up in a supermarket Safeway.
Starving, former Air Force sergeant picked up the two together cost snacks and 5. She once ate openly shopping, saving the wrapper to be scanned at the register later.
But they forgot to pay for snacks, and I checked out with about 50 euros and the grocery store.
“When the security guard asked, I was really embarrassed, I was horrified,” he said. They were led upstairs, where the couple waits for a conference, pay for snacks, and is allowed in her way.
However, store managers would not let them pay the sandwiches, he said.
“I asked to speak with a manager and he said he was against its policy to pay for the items that came out of the store,” he said. “The security guard said they were being accused of shoplifting.”
Four hours later, a police officer came and read her rights. A woman from Child Welfare Services of the state came to Zofia away.
The pregnant mother said she tried to keep my composure until Zofia, who turns 3 in December, left the store. “I would not be afraid because Zofia has never spent a night away from us. I had a stuffed animal. She did not brush her teeth.”
But as soon as her daughter left, “I have completely hysterical. I went to the bathroom and threw up,” he recalled.
A spokeswoman for the Honolulu police said was a procedure to call Child Welfare Services, if a child is when both parents are arrested. Store management did not know the girl would be removed, said Susan Houghton, a spokeswoman for California-based Safeway.
The chain of supermarkets nationwide, said it was investigating the incident. “We never had the intention to separate a mother from her child. This was a very unfortunate consequence of this situation,” said Houghton. “We understand the outrage. We are concerned about how it was handled.”
Leszczynski described the incident as “horrible, seemed to climb and no one could say, ‘This is too much.”
The couple were handcuffed and taken separately to the police headquarters a few blocks away, where we searched, police had their photos taken and then released on bail. A police officer escorted them back to the store – which are banned for a year, said Leszczynski – where they picked up their groceries and went home just before midnight.
“Basically we looked at each other all night. We awoke to the morning and called (the state’s child welfare office),” Leszczynski said. While they waited, Leszczynski ventilation on babycenter.com experience and contact a lawyer for help with which he met with Zofia. At the suggestion of counsel, which had its story to the media.
Zofia was returned after 18 hours apart from their parents.
The couple is charged with fourth-degree theft, a misdemeanor, and has a court date Nov. 28, according to the office of City Attorney. The family has not decided whether to take legal action against Safeway.
Houghton said the company will review the police report and pictures of store security before deciding whether to press charges.
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