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Pregnant Mom Arrested For Snacking While Grocery Shopping

Snacking While You Shop at the Grocery Store Could Get You Arrested!

A trip to the grocery store in Honolulu ended with two parents in jail and a 2-year-old toddler under the care of Child Protective Services (CPS) for a family that had relocated to the area from California a week earlier.

After getting lost on their way to the grocery store, Nicole Leszczynski, 30 weeks pregnant, felt faint and openly munched on two chicken salad sandwiches ($5) while keeping the wrappers in the shopping cart to be scanned at the register — but she and her husband forgot to pay for the sandwiches and were stopped by a security guard on the way out. The chain of events that unraveled next are almost too bizarre to comprehend — and a parent's worst nightmare. Store managers of the Safeway grocery store refused to let the couple pay for the items and had the couple arrested for shoplifting. CPS was called in to take the couple's 2-year old daughter, Zofia, into custody, where she spent the night before being reunited once again with her parents 18 hours later.

Nicole explained that grocery shopping brings some anxiety for her now, especially after reading comments online criticizing her for eating before paying. "I didn't know it was such a taboo thing," she said. "Where I grew up in a small town it's not seen as stealing for sure."

Join The Conversation
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 5 years
It's not yours until you pay for it. Just wait until you leave the store to eat. It's not that hard.
sandylove28 sandylove28 5 years
This is rediculous, I've snacked while at the grocery store and I've always paid. The action that Safeway took was crazy, I think a warning would have sufficiant especially after these people offered to pay for the sandwiches when thery were stopped for supposedly trying to shoplift.
Nicole-Abbott Nicole-Abbott 5 years
I'm freaking out because my daughter snacks all the time! As soon as we walk into the store, she MUST have a banana. I keep the peel in a plastic bag in the cart and pay for it at the register. I can see how she could have forgotten to pay for it. The store manager overreacted.
Rebecca-M-Gruber Rebecca-M-Gruber 5 years
This is so scary because my kids always start snacking on things as we wait in the check-out line. We always pay for them (wouldn't think of not doing so), but I can see how some may forget.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I've never done it, and wouldn't because I don't feel right about eating something I haven't paid for. But I think they went overboard by not just letting them pay and having them arrested.
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