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Old 02-10-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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Just an FYI, folks, this is a three-year-old thread .....
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Even though the thread is rather old, I would like to give some props to one of my local mall security forces. I was eating in the food court on my lunch break and it is right next to one of the main exits. A man was leaving the mall with a young girl in his arms who was struggling. The girl started screaming that she wanted her mommy.

A security guard by the exit stopped them and asked what was going on. At this point a small crowd had gathered thinking something was up. The man said that he had taken his daughter shopping, but she wanted her mommy and was just trying to leave. The girl screamed HE'S NOT MY DADDY!!!

At that point a call came over the security guards radio about a missing child. The man dropped the girl, tried to run and was immediately tackled by the security guard and a couple people in the crowd. A minute later a frantic woman came running through the food court looking for the child.

Turns out mom was shopping in a store and when she turned around her daughter was gone. The store notified security right away, but if it wasn't for the quick thinking of that guard who just felt something was wrong, the man would have gotten out of the mall with the girl.

A couple minutes later an entire army of police swarmed that place (this mall is in a rather affluent area) and hauled the guy off to jail. The only sweet justice was the fact he tried to struggle against the cops and they got a couple licks in while putting him in the car.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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I was about to weigh in on this until I saw it was three years old.

All I can say is that I would have called police or DYFS (Child Protective Services, etc.) if the mother had not returned in 10 mins.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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I took my son to the mall today to do some shopping, and to let him play in the mall play area. While I was sitting there watching my son play, I noticed some people drop off a little girl, she could have only been 2 1/2 years old max, and leave! They didn't even take her coat and shoes off, they just dropped her off and left the mall! I kept my eye on her to see if they came back. She was there by herself for a good hour! Some of the other Mom's noticed she was there by herself as well, and were also keeping an eye on her. At one point she ran out of the play area so one of the other Mom's ran after her and caught her and called mall security. Mall security came and stayed with her until the people who dropped her off there finally came back and got her. Mall security just turned her over to these people when they finally came back (after leaving her alone for an hour). Once again, this little girl was 2 1/2 max, she was hardly speaking yet! I was so disgusted and feel mall security should have called DCFS, instead of turning this poor child back over to these people!
DISGUSTING!!! Mall security should have called the cops!!
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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I know sometimes it's hard to do, but please try to plan going to the mall by yourself, leave the kids at home with your spouse. Or go while they are at school. If you take them with you go in the morning or on a weekday when the mall is less crowded. If you do take them with you keep an eye on them like an eagle.

I have thought of getting my kid a Road ID (it's a velcro wristband with a metal plate with your name, city, emergency number, etc used by many runners/cyclist when they are working out without ID on them - just in case "something" happens). But of course the ID would only work if the kid gets lost and find another nice mommy or police to help them. If they get snatched away, it will probably make things worse.

Keep an eye on your kids! at the mall, at the pool, everywhere!
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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Obviously a toddler is way too young to just get dropped off on their own, but reading this thread has me shaking my head; not the idea that little kids should be left on their own, but the belief that seems to be held by so many people that there are kidnappers and bad guys behind every corner. There aren't. People need to have some common sense (and dropping off little kids at the mall alone doesn't count), but some of these comments are a bit over-the-top. Like the parent who won't let her ELEVEN year old out by herself! Sure, keep an eye on your kids, teach them street smarts, but let out the leash as they grow older. The odds of a child being kidnapped by a stranger is very, very slim. The odds are higher that they'll be in a car accident on the way to the mall, or probably even walking with parent from parking lot into mall. Again, obviously dropping a little kid off at a mall is NOT age-appropriate, but I still think most people need to relax and concentrate their efforts on raising kids who are street-smart, while at the same time not teaching them to think that everyone in the world is evil unless proven otherwise.
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