Should they have been arrested?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Should they have been arrested?
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 10:45am

A couple living in Hawaii was arrested for stealing two sandwiches while shopping at a Safeway.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-04-2011
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 7:21pm

Definite overreaction, but as some pps have said, eating grocery store food that you haven't paid for is a no-no!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-31-2003
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 2:11pm
It does say in the article that calling CPS is standard procedure when both parents are arrested at the same time, however it is also standard procedure to allow the parents to call someone to come get their kid instead of having them go to foster care for the night.

Manda :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-31-2003
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 2:09pm
Yes, I do think the store overreacted. From the article, it states that they apologized, were embarassed and tried to pay for the sandwiches but the store refused to accept payment and called the police. I think it would have made sense to take their money, then ask them not to return to the store. Or maybe even call the cops, to make their point, but not press charges.

Of course, I also think it is wrong to eat food in a grocery store without paying for it. It's not a restaurant after all.

Manda :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 10:49am
A lot of the comments on the article seemed pretty harsh. IMO, walking around a store eating food that hasn't been paid for is wrong. Now, DD has gotten into a package of cookies while we were shopping before. I let her eat the cookie she'd taken out, but the rest went out of her reach until we got home. It does seem a bit harsh to call the police and CPS, but maybe there's more to the story than what's in the article.