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Impulse Eating Could Get You Arrested!

I had to read the story twice to believe it was true. A couple was shopping at a Honolulu Safeway with their 2-year-old daughter. The mom, pregnant, picked up two sandwiches that she and hubby ate while shopping. She kept the wrappers in order to pay for the eaten items at checkout.

Raise your hand if you have ever done this!

The problem was they forgot to pay. As they left the store, they were arrested for shoplifting. When they were hauled off to jail, the 2-year-old was taken to  Child Welfare for 18 hours overnight.

Now how crazy is this?

Yes, the parents did technically shoplift because they forgot to pay. But it certainly didn’t sound like a crime of intent. Woe to you who tastes a grape in the fruit aisle!


Apparently, the store policy says you can’t pay for items once you’ve left the store, so they couldn’t just pay for the sandwiches and go their merry way. OK, so scold them, fine them or tell them to donate to a charity in the store. But to arrest the couple, send them to jail to post bail while the daughter is hauled off to social services, seems like security gone wild.

Maybe a take away  from this insanity is this, wait until you pay for your groceries to actually eat them. I doubt the woman would have gone into labor had she checked out first and then eaten the sandwiches.

My point is that patience is a lost virtue in our culture. We don’t always have to do things the minute we feel like it. We can put on the breaks. So next time you go to the grocery store, drink a big glass of water and eat a snack before you shop. That impulse eating could just get you arrested!


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patricia

    Ok now this is just sad, you read it twice and you still think everything was “acceptable”?

    Eating before you buy is wrong, stores are not resturants and people are not weighed before they are allowed to shop…..if 20 people a day at whatever they chose to….and they probably do and “forgot” to pay………do you even have an ideal how much stuff is just opened or drank and set back down someplace in the store. I work in a large department store and if so much wasn’t “forgotten” or messed up and left to spoil, we could sooooooooo give better prices.

    Perhaps one day people will not just assume everything is alright to do when there is either a law moral or legally and realize if they “forget” to pay for things or do right things then what ever happens is thier fault be it five dollars or a thousand, do the crime do the time.

    I have been pregnant, my children have been hungry, I have been broke and needy, but I have never eaten anything except in resturants unless I paid first, and I told my children the same……..I would have hated to loose my child because of it but you know…….she got her back and she was taken care of while apart no harm…………
    There is more to this story than we have been told, and Safeway apologized, we all wait for the damages to come…….but do we ever wonder why prices are so high. The lawyers will have to be paid somehow and if they settle the cost will come out of the profit.

    I read all the post done on this story and I was so pleased that almost 50 percent of the comments were standing for safeway and I was proud……….

    You are responsible, laws are made for a reason, some things are just immoral but still wrong…………Don’t assume its alright cause everyone else is doing it……there is no excuse there are always registers open and ? you won’t die waiting a few mins……………

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