Nicole Leszczynski and her husband Marcin did not imagine that a simple trip to their local Safeway in Honolulu with their two-year-old daughter Zofia could turn into a nightmare. When the 30-weeks-pregnant-mom felt dizzy while shopping, she grabbed a couple of packaged sandwiches from the store's shelves and started munching on them, saving the wrappers to be scanned at the register later. But the family was stopped on their way out the door after they forgot to pay for them while checking out with their $50 worth of groceries.
The Safeway management refused to let them pay for the sandwiches, and a police officer read them their rights and charged them with shoplifting. But here's where it gets bizarre: a woman from the state Child Protective Services then arrived and took Zofia away. The toddler was held overnight, for 18 hours.
“It was the most ridiculous chain of events that happened,” a sobbing Nicole Leszczynski told reporters. "It's still hard to believe what happened."
Safeway's response? "It appears we may not have handled this matter in the best possible way and we are taking the situation seriously.”