At an Orlando, Florida, Wal-Mart, two young women stole children’s clothing and necessities valued at about $200. Although stealing is a naughty act (punishable by an adult time-out of between 5 and 10 years), these two seem to be just very desperate women trying to be the best mothers they can. The problem with that story: When police chased them, the women kept the goods but left two of their kids, ages 1 and 3, in a shopping cart at the store and then drove off. Yeah, they sort of lose their sympathetic desperate-mommy story with that move.
Every now and then, a shoplifter takes items that hit the sentimental heartstrings of even the most jaded loss prevention manager, such as a homeless pregnant woman stealing a package of diapers or baby food. This is impressively not one of those stories. Had the suspects had better publicity agents, though, it could have been.