Well, this isn't a child abduction story, but it easily could have been. I work in an office and I happened to sit right in front of the door (all the customers come straight to me, ugh!) But a woman walked in with her daughter, maybe 3, behind her and went to the elevator. I did not even notice this part. But the woman entered the elevator thinking the little girl was right behind her. Needless to say, the doors closed, Mommy went up and there was this little girl stand (right near the entrance of the building) all alone. I finally noticed when the girl started crying for her mom. THat makes all moms look up. So I ran out there and got the little girl and brought her into our office so that no one would snatch her. Mom finally came back down, our elevators are so slow! But that girl would have been gone in a heartbeat if the wrong person was in that lobby! Very scary!
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I know how you feel. My son, will be 9, and he is way too friendly with strangers. He doesn't realize that everyone isn't always going to be nice and he tends to get a "tough" guy attitude and I've explained to him hundreds of times about the dangers of talking to strangers. He scares me too. It makes you not to even let them out of your site..ya know?
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My 9-year-old does not get it. We have had stranger talks with him over and over. A couple years ago we went to Las Vegas, we spent two months talking to him daily about talking to strangers. The first time we got on the bus at Vegas he goes up and sits next to this guy, puts out his hand to shake and tells him his name, where he is from, about his family...... when we grabbed him and said you can't do that he said "mom that was not a stranger that was Bob." He scares me. On that trip it was a family thing with grandparents and all so he had several people watching him at all times. I am grateful that I do not live in a big town, where there is more of an issue.
If my son wasn't still asleep right now I would hold him so close at the moment, as much as the terrible two's drive me nuts I would literally loose it if something happened to him. Reminders like this are so important, it takes just a few seconds for things to go haywire.
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Does it matter if it is true or not......we should always be aware for our children sake........I know Walmart has the amber alert.....I've witnessed it in action in two different Walmarts in different cities..I've also witnessed a caring lady, taking a lost child to customer service and having her head bit off by the Mother!!!!! Maybe we should teach our children to throw temper tantrums when they get separated from their parent!!!!!
Just wanted to let you know that while it is crucial advice to never let your children out of your sight, the Sam's Club story is not true. I just checked snopes.com and this exact story is listed as false. If you would like to read more the link is:
Thank you. I won't let my 13 year old out of my sight , a young man was flirting with her and asked if he could buy her a Starbuck's. She said no but he was persitant. She called out fire and I was there in a flash. It was a wake up call for both of us.
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Sure is scary, and you now how it feels if you have ever experienced a similar moment. I had taken my then seven year old son and four year old sister to Shoppers Drug Mart in the mall. There were two entrances to Shoppers and a mail box by the second one. My son ran ahead to the second entrance to mail a letter for me and agreed to meet me inside as I and my daughter entered through the first one. This is a very small space. When I got to the second entrance from inside the store my son wasn't there. I continued on out the entrance to the mall, he wasn't anywhere to be found. Calming myself before full scale panic, where you feel yourself going around and around and can't see your child anywhere and nobody seems to sense the feeling of panic building up inside you, I paused to think where would he have gone? There was nobody handy to either entrances. I was in the, "put yourself in a seven year old boy's shoes mode".... ah ha!! ARCADE!! I cried aloud... we had walked by an arcade on the left, (popular at the time). I hurried back to the arcade, there he was checking out a game a young fella was playing. With a sigh of relief, and feeling my heart leave my throat, I then asked him where he had gone.....he saw the game in the arcade on the way by and figured he would have time to throw the letter in the mail box, run back, see the game and make it back before I reached the second entrance from inside the store. I had a serious talk with him and he got the full lecture on why he should not have done what he did and how scared I was, when I couldn't find him. He had his first lesson in actions and consequences. A mother moves at warp speed whenever their child is allowed a little bit of freedom but even then in this very small space I experienced "that time stands still, gut wrenching feeling in the pit of the stomach." I felt sick, so I imagine, a parent has to have that feeling 100 times worse when they can't find their child...
That is very frightening! Once when my 15 year old was 3, we were in a mall and he wandered off while we thought he was looking at trains in a toy store. Not long after, his older brothers saw him with a stranger and called to him and said," Jonas, where are you going?" HIs brothers have always felt the woman was taking him, but she may have been a kind soul bringing him to security. Keep watch!
I'm from Canada Windsor Ontario and my son took off in Zellers and we thought someone took him and they locked everything up in like min. Thank God he was ok he was 5 he was found in the pots and pans but i'll tell you it was the scariest 10 min of my life.
When my son was 8 we where walking home from the store and and he was ahead of me and a van stooped and tried to get him to come to the van i yelled run and they sped off i reported it and about a week later there was a note sent home from my children's school about the same van trying to grab a child in a park by the school .
It's awful that these people are out there and that they are preying on our children it's the scariest thing to think that it only takes 1 second to look away and you life is over. I won't get into the laws about that because it's not good my thoughts about people like that and what should be done about them.
Date: May 1, 2008 8:55 AM Subject: read this if u have kids or lil brothers/sisters Body: Forwarded from a Sam's Club employee . . . Wanted to share something that happened today while shopping at Sam's Club.
A mother was leaning over looking for meat and turned around to find her 4 yr. old daughter was missing. I was standing there right beside her, and she was calling her daughter with no luck.
I asked a man who worked at Sam's to announce it over the loud speaker for Katie.
He did, and let me say he immediately walked right past me when I asked and went to a pole where there was a phone. He made an announcement for all the doors and gates to be locked, a code something.
So they locked all the doors at once. This took all of 3 minutes after I asked the guy to do this. They found the little girl 5 minutes later in a bathroom stall. Her head was half shaved, and she was dressed in her underwear with a bag of clothes, a razor, and wig sitting on the floor beside her to make her look different.
Whoever this person was, took the little girl, brought her into the bathroom, shaved half her head, and undressed her in a matter of less than 10 minutes. This makes me shake to no end. Please keep a close eye on your kids when in big places where it's easy for you to get separated.
It only took a few minutes to do all of that-another 5 minutes and she would have been out the door. I am still in shock that some sick person could do this, let alone in a matter of minutes. The days are over when our little ones could run rampant all over the place and nothing would happen to them.
The little girl is fine. Thank God for fast workers who didn't take any chances.
BE SURE TO FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE, SO THEY KNOW JUST HOW SICK PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE!!! (This happened at the Sam's Wholesale Club in Omaha, Nebraska).
This message has been added to the story above:
I received this e-mail from one of my friends today. Let me first tell you that I work at the Sam's club in Lincoln, NE. The code that was spoken of is called a 'Code Adam'. It is named after John Walsh's (host of Americas Most Wanted) son Adam who was kidnapped and murdered many years ago. It is used in all Sam's Clubs, Wal-marts, and Wal-mart super centers to locate lost children.
This is how it works.
If by some means you have been separated with your child tell the nearest employee! The employee will page a 'Code Adam' (missing child in the store) over the intercom system followed by a description of the child (height, weight, hair color, age, name etc).
When that page goes out all the exits are immediately guarded, and/or locked in some cases, also every employee will stop whatever they are doing no matter what it is and help look for the missing child.
This will continue until the child is found.
If the child is not found within a reasonable time then the police are notified and the store will conduct an isle by isle search. So if ever you are separated from your child now you know what to do.
Missing children pictures hang by the exits of all Wal-mart and Sam's Club stores, please take a few minutes to look these over as you leave, you just might have seen one of the children on them and you might be the one to give their parents hope and give the police a new lead in finding them.
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