Everything little thing makes headline news these days. It doesn’t matter if the headline news started out with good intentions.
A Prince William County, Virginia man says he will never shop at Walmart again after a security guard accused him of kidnapping his children.
Joseph and his wife Keana are an interracial couple.
Thursday started out normally for Joseph when he took his 3 daughters, a 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins, with him to a Walmart in Potomac Mills in Woodbridge to cash a check.
Joseph, who asked that his last name not be published, told Fox 5 DC that he spent a few extra minutes in the parking lot buckling the girls into their car seats.
Joseph said he went to pick up his wife, Keana, and when they arrived home, they were surprised to see a police officer waiting for them.
“He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph said.
“I was dumbfounded,” said Keana. “I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’
“He took my ID and asked my 4-year-old to point out who her mother and father were.”
Joseph told Fox 5 that the police officer said a security guard at Walmart called police to report seeing him in the parking lot with the 3 girls. He thought it was strange, the officer added.
When the officer left, Keana called Walmart for an explanation. She told Fox 5 the security guard blamed a “concerned” customer for raising the false alarm.
Keana said the security guard told her, “Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn’t think that they fit. And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don’t fit?’ And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don’t match up.’”
Walmart issued a brief, grammatically incorrect statement saying, “There’s still a lot of unknowns at this time and we’re currently looking into the situation.”
Despite the recent spate of headline news involving stranger abduction of children, Keana is outraged that citizens are being more proactive in identifying potential kidnapping cases.
Keana says she and her husband will never shop at Walmart again.
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