Some shoppers are very serious about Black Friday — so much so that they’re willing to leave their infants unattended to get a deal.A photo of a baby left alone in the corner of a Best Buy popped up on Reddit. The person who posted the photo explains:
We are hanging around, resting from standing in the cold for 2 hours, and this woman walks from this little area into the aisles of the store and starts shopping for stuff.
My cousin points out that there’s a baby in the carrier and no one’s is watching him or her. We decided to see how long the parent would take to come back. 20 minutes. This woman left her infant unattended for 20 minutes in a Best Buy on their busiest and most chaotic day.
Someone could have easily taken the infant out from the carrier and walked out of the store, and she would not have known until she looked in the carrier.
Commenters shared other stories from Black Friday of kids left to fend for themselves as their parents went off to hunt for bargains.
It’s not just in-store. Kids also get left in vehicles. One commenter tells his story:
Around 1 A.M. my boss was walking through the parking lot to our store in the mall and witnessed a child no older than 2 years “hanging out of a car”.
Here’s how it was described to me. The parents had left this kid in their rental car apparently with the doors unlocked. The kid tried to open the door but his foot became stuck in a bag (most likely a shopping bag). So he’s got his feet inside the car and is hanging on to the handle of the open car door and if he lets go he will fall face first onto the asphalt. So the poor guy’s just stuck there, screaming.
My boss calls the police, of course, and once they’d contacted the rental company to track the parents down, the police basically told them that they could either leave the mall immediately or get arrested.
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