I was walking into a pharmacy when I noticed a little girl in a trolley, left unattended. I took two steps back and walked to the trolley. The girl was about a year old. Very cute, friendly and was smiling happily at me. I bet I could’ve picked her up and took her home without any fuss. Lucky for her parents, I’m not a child snatching psycho.
Her mother, who was nowhere to be seen, obviously had done some grocery shopping before leaving her in front of the pharmacy. After about two minutes, I asked the pharmacy employee, where is her mother? She said, she’s not yours? I said, no.
Another employee, who was standing nearby said, her mother is over there (pointing in her direction). She comes her often.
She pulled the trolley in. When her mother comes back, I said, please tell her not to leave her baby like this again. It’s dangerous.
She said, she’s not our people. (Translation: she’s a foreigner.)
Doesn’t matter, I said, please tell her not to do this again.
I walked in and saw the mother. I asked her, is that your baby in front? Yes, she said.
Don’t leave your baby like that again, I said, anyone could have grabbed her in two seconds.
She was taken aback and mumbled, yes.
At the rate children are going missing nowadays, it’s astounding how careless some parents are.