Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

The many perils of the looming shopping season

The many perils of the looming shopping season Shopping, it seems, is a very dangerous occupation.

The many perils of the looming shopping season Shopping, it seems, is a very dangerous occupation.

Two teenage girls mugged a young woman who was out shopping and in the process thumped her two year old baby girl on the head.

Luckily neither mother nor child were injured.

But even worse happened a woman shopper in Southampton.

Trying to control her unruly children at the checkout, she threatened them with a “good hiding” when they got home.

It is the sort of thing many an exasperated parent has said in the heat of the moment.

However, a snooping off-duty policeman took it upon himself to follow the woman out of the shop to her home, inform his colleagues, who in turn informed social services.

So she was interviewed by police and then received a letter from social services saying that her comments to her children overheard in the supermarket would be kept on record.

It was like she had threatened to kill the Queen or plant a bomb somewhere.

She is a woman who had never been in trouble before and now has been put through quite an ordeal because she was simply trying to stop her children running amok in a shop.

No one would blame her if she threatened to give the nosy policeman a good hiding the next time she sees him.

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