A woman came into the store with her son, a toddler. I'm guessing between 18 months and 2 years. He was still in a diaper and didn't form coherent words. He was restless and running around the store, once making a dash for the front door which is left open during business hours. She grabbed him by the hand and held him to her side while she went through the racks. After a few minutes of trying to tug free, he started crying and screaming. A normal, full scale toddler tantrum.
She picked him up and put him in the car so she could finish shopping. There was no one in the car. Granted the police station is across the street and 2 doors down from my store, but this is also a high crime rate area. The car was parked right in front of my store windows so I could see in. But the doors were locked and the windows were rolled up. I told the woman I would be happy to hold him in my lap and she refused. "He's getting on my nerves and I can't do my shopping with all that yelling". She spent another 15 minutes in the store and left.
I've been guilty before of leaving my kids in the car to run into the gas station to pay for my gas or to go into the store for a gallon of milk, but never ever have I left them alone to go shopping for things I didn't need. I took down her plate number, but I'm not sure I should turn her in.
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a P.S for this community. Yesterday a lady came in and noticed our hookahs. She asked me if we sold them to minors. I told her legally we were allowed to, but I didn't (and I don't). She asked if other people in the area sold them and I told her of a few of the other Indian places around here that might. She was asking because she found one in her son's room along with flavored tobacco and the bag that his pot was in. She confiscated it. But then she asked me how to use it. "I've got a new bong now, might as well use it" hahahahahahahaha