Pregnant Mom Sandwich
November 2, 2011 by staff
Pregnant Mom Sandwich, Safeway is declining to file charges against a couple whose arrests for theft Honolulu snack led to state workers to take custody of her two year old daughter and caused outrage across the country.
Safeway told Honolulu police today not press charges against Marcin Leszczynski and Nicole, company spokeswoman Susan Houghton told The Associated Press. The couple was arrested last week when Nicole, who is 30 weeks pregnant, ate a sandwich while shopping and left without paying.
His daughter Zofia was eliminated by the state Child Welfare Services staff. She was returned to her parents 18 hours later.
Karl Schroeder, president of the division of Safeway Inc. on Tuesday named Nicole Leszczynski, and “apologized for what happened,” said Houghton.
Houghton said the operation followed the routine procedure for theft contact the police, but Safeway regrets that he expected to do so could cause a child to be separated from their parents.
“We want to do well here,” said Houghton. “Families are important to us.”
Nicole said she was surprised to receive the call because the incident was almost a week.
“I am relieved that the charges are being lost and that was kind of an apology,” he said. “Now we have our daughter and we are not in jail, that is our greatest concern.”
The incident at the store near downtown Honolulu Safeway is taking to examine how managers and employees are trained. “In this case, it was not handled properly and wanted to correct that,” said Houghton.
Nicole, 28, and Marcin, 33, forgot to pay for two sandwiches that together cost 5. They were handcuffed and searched, and later released on bail and 50 each.
The family had moved to an apartment near downtown Honolulu to Monterey, 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 Safeway supermarket, said Nicole.
Starving, former Air Force sergeant openly ate once you buy, saving the wrapper to be scanned at the register later. But she said she forgot to pay for sandwiches, and I checked out with about 50 euros and the grocery store.
“When the security guard asked, I was really embarrassed, I was horrified,” said Nicole AP on Monday. They were led upstairs, where the couple waits for a conference, pay for snacks, and is allowed in her way.
However, store managers simply do not allow them to pay, he said.
Four hours later, a police officer came and read her rights. A woman Services Child Welfare Zofia came to take away.
Nicole said the incident “horrible. Seemed to climb and no one could say, ‘This is too much.”
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. She had her 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 routine procedure to call Child Welfare Services, if a child is when both parents are arrested.
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.
Nicole said the morning after the arrest by email Safeway sandwiches that not paying was an honest mistake. “It was a slip, when the mother and brain, I guess,” he said. Houghton said that Safeway accepts her assurance that she simply forgot to pay.
Nicole said she and her husband were told they were banned from the store for a year.
Houghton said he was not sure they would say that, but welcomes Safeway’s family again.
Grocery shopping is a task that now bring a little anxiety, Nicole said, adding that she has read countless reviews online their criticism to eat before you pay.
“I knew it was a taboo thing,” he said. “Where I grew up in a small town which is not seen as theft insurance.”
The Leszczynskis had hired a criminal defense lawyer to fight the charges, but are not sure whether to take legal action against Safeway.
“I have not even considered because I was so concerned about the allegations,” said Nicole. “I feel as if something went terribly wrong and who were abused in some way.”
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