Thursday, November 3, 2011

What's Their Excuse?

     I still can't believe the story about the pregnant woman and husband who were arrested for forgetting to pay for sandwiches.  Although, that is a little easier to believe than what happened to their poor 2 year old.  It was punishment for the parents for them to take her from them, but not near as much so for the innocent child.  It had to be traumatic especially since the mom said she had never spent a night away from them.

     Maybe there is a catch to this story and the couple really did steal the sandwiches.  Even if they did, it didn't justify what happened to their child.  What bothers me the most about this story is that if it was indeed an accident, it could happen to anyone.

     Recently, I was at the grocery store and I had a case of water and a pack of meat on the bottom part of my buggy.  I always tell them when I go through the line if I have water because I am not really supposed to lift them to begin with so I leave them there instead of having to move them even more.  That day, I had a lot on my mind and Shane was with me so I thought he got the meat off of the bottom. I get outside, start loading my car and see it still on the bottom.  I know neither of us got it and it wasn't paid for.  I just absolutely panicked and ran back in the store with it as soon as I could.  I know from an old Andy Griffith episode they never get you inside the store.  They wait until you are outside so you can't say I was going to pay for it.  I couldn't get back in the store fast enough.

     I am always afraid of holding something thinking I will buy it, decide not to, and forget I have it in my hand and walk out.  That can happen to me any day, especially with my daily blonde moments.  You add pregnancy hormones on top of it and that is just an accident waiting to happen.

     That is what bothers me the most about this story is that she is pregnant and every woman who has ever been pregnant knows you do the dumbest things when your hormones are all over the place.  When I was pregnant with Sydney, I did some really stupid things.  I drove off with my purse on top of the car, let the bathtub overflow, and forgot and put liquid dish soap in the dishwasher instead of the right detergent.  That was fun.  I have never seen so many bubbles.  I always loved being pregnant because it is the one time you can eat whatever you want guilt free and nobody looks at you funny and you can do really stupid things and nobody can really get mad at you.  Although, I was pushing it with the dishwasher. 

     The lady said she got faint and dizzy and needed to eat.  I had gestational diabetes with all three of my pregnancies.  I don't know whether this lady has that or not, but even just pregnancy itself can cause shifts in your blood sugar at times. A lot of people have commented that she should have paid for the sandwiches before eating them, and that may be a good point, but if she wasn't feeling well she probably didn't care about grocery store ettiquette.  (Oh, and there is grocery store etiquette, that is a WHOLE other blog, but just like they deserve a close parking spot, I think pregnant women should be an exception to any of the rules.)

     The store is now trying to apologize for their actions, but I think they are completely in the wrong for what they did to that 2 year old.  We have no idea how she perceived what happened to her and how traumatic it had to have been.  Children should be taken away from parents if there is any kind of abuse, and in my opinion, the one guilty of abuse here is the store.  If the parents had done something crazy, then yes, take the child, but eating a sandwich???????  I don't care how stupid something you do when pregnant is it can't be more stupid than what the people at the store did.  And, they don't have hormones to use as their excuse!

Penguin giving birth by Reynolds, Dan

Pregnant couple: I'm so glad I'm a woman/I'm so glad I'm a man. by Streeter, Betsy

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