PLEASANTON, Calif. — A 2-year-old boy who was found in the parking lot of a Pleasanton Walmart store early Thursday morning after he wandered out of his apartment and across a four-lane road has been reunited with his mother, police said.
A manager at the Walmart, located at 4501 Rosewood Drive, had stepped outside to take a break at about 3 a.m. and found the boy in the parking lot, barefoot and wearing only a white T-shirt and a diaper, police Sgt. Maria Munayer said.
The manager called police, who searched the area but were unable to find the boy’s parents, and officers brought the boy to the Child Protective Services intake center, Munayer said.
At about 6 a.m., police received a frantic 911 call from a woman who said her young son was missing from her home at the Archstone Hacienda apartments, across Owens Drive from the Walmart.
It appears the boy let himself out through the front door, which was built to Americans with Disabilities Act standards to accommodate people in a wheelchair, Munayer said.
“It would have been pretty easy for the child to have gone out the front door because the apartment is ADA compliant, meaning that the door handle is positioned very low on the door,” she said.
The child was uninjured and is in “very good spirits,” Munayer said. He has been reunited with his mother.
So me and my son stopped at Walmart one afternoon to pick up a few items. It was a late hour, so you would think that it would not be as busy as the day. We had gathered our items and proceeded to the checkout line. Of course, they were all backed up. Over the intercom came a voice saying lane 13 would be opening, so we started towards that lane. Unloaded our stuff on to the belt and waited. And waited. And waited some more. After 10 minutes I asked the cashier if they were ever going open this lane, and she told me that sometimes they never get to what the intercom says. Now that I am irritated, I started to pile the items back in the cart and proceeded to another check out lane. Of course, still backed up. While waiting to be checked out in another lane, lane 13 finally opens, so me and my three year old son headed for that lane again when a small Asian lady pushed my son to the ground and shoved my cart aside to beat me to the checkout. Even after seeing this, the cashier did nothing but say, “First come, first serve.” My son was in tears laying on the ground! And the manager in charge, same thing.
Needless to say, another lane down a couple of off duty police officers saw the whole incident and asked the manager to check me out personally then have the loss prevention officer of the store pull the video footage of the scene. The Asian lady was charged child endangerment, along with finding a gram of crack in her coat pocket and the cashier was fired on the spot. During this whold stint, loss prevention said that 15 customer walked out after seeing this display!
Hmmm, I hate to admit this but maybe those kid leashes can be a good thing when your little sh*thead manages to get on top of the damn shelves and start reeking havoc in the store. Orrrrrr, maybe you actually raise your kid right, pay attention to him, and then smack him on his ass when he starts to act like an asshole.
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