EAST GREENBUSH — A Rensselaer woman had her three-year-old daughter with her when she was caught stealing for the second time from the East Greenbush Walmart, according to East Greenbush Police.28-year-old Trisha Palmer was arrested on 10 p.m. on Tuesday after store detectives observed her taking $184 of merchandise from the store without paying. Palmer had previously been served with a No-Tresspassing warning after she was caught stealing from the same Walmart back in 2010. Because Palmer ignored the ban and her young daughter was with her at the time of the alleged crime, she is charged with Burglary and Child Endangerment. She was arraigned and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail. Her daughter was placed in the custody of a relative.
My mom and I were in Walmart on Easter getting some food for dinner. We’re both rocker chicks, but we’re not stupid and over-the-top. We were both wearing band t-shirts, and a couple walked by us who had obviously just gotten out of church.
They were a manic short guy, who reminded me of a Walmart version of Tom Cruise, and his overweight girlfriend. When they saw my mom and I, they instantly shouted, “Happy Easter!” at us and stared for a second before walking off.
A few minutes later, I headed over to the yogurt when I saw the couple standing right in front of the toilet paper aisle, in a circle with a few other people, praying. Yes, praying smack in the middle of Walmart by the toilet paper. I made a face at them and kept walking.
Every time we walked by the couple, the manic short guy stared me down like he saw Satan’s minions flying out of my body or something. Then he stared at my chest for a second before walking on.
I received a Wal-mart gift certificate from my Aunt, and decided to hit up the electronics section of the store for a movie. While browsing the selection, an African-american man (who looked to be in his forties) was following me around, and giving me flirtatious glances that were kind of creeping me out.
If I were in a bar that’s one thing, but I’m not accustomed to having strangers be so forward at a supermarket.
I couldn’t believe it when he looked me in the eye, smiled, and said: “You look amazing. You really do, and it must be so exhausting for you.” For a second, I didn’t know what he meant. His eyes turned down my body to my midriff, and he asked “Girl…you pregnant?”
A million thoughts swirled through my head, but I maintained my composure to spare him from embarrassment, and replied, “Yes! Two months, how can you tell?”
With that reply, I felt so mortified I walked into the bathroom(which was empty) and inspected my midsection in the mirror. Did my stomach really protrude that much? Hell no. I am 5’7”, and weigh 120lbs. I was wearing jeans and tanktop. I did NOT look pregnant, and have never had a comment like that in my life. So rude! What if I had miscarried? Just had a child? What if I was struggling with an eating disorder and the question triggered fears I was fat? People should never ask that. Feeling disgusted, I went straight home.
Police are searching for the man who pulled a knife and robbed a Cedar Rapids Wal-Mart late Thursday.
Officers responded around 11:30 p.m. to Wal-Mart, 3601 29th Ave. SW, when a manager reported the incident. No one was hurt.
Officer Melissa Henderson, a police spokeswoman, said the man stole a iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS game console and a game.
The suspect, who then ran out of the store, is described as a black male with short hair, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10. Police were not releasing other details.