Pregnant mom says sandwich arrest was 'horrifying'

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Nicole Leszczynski couldn't imagine that two chicken salad sandwiches would land her and her husband in jail and her 2-year-old daughter in state custody. But it happened five days ago, when the 30-weeks-pregnant woman forgot to pay for her snack while grocery shopping.

    "It was the most ridiculous chain of events that happened," she said while sobbing Monday. "It's still hard to believe what happened."

    Leszczynski, 28, and her husband Marcin, 33, were handcuffed, searched then released on $50 bail each. Their ordeal at the police station lasted a few hours, but their daughter Zofia spent the night away from her parents in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage and forced the Safeway supermarket chain to review the incident.

    The family had moved to an apartment near downtown Honolulu from California two weeks ago. Still settling in, they ventured out Wednesday to stock up on groceries, took the bus, got lost, and ended up at a Safeway supermarket.

    Famished, the former Air Force staff sergeant picked up the two sandwiches that together cost $5. She openly munched on one while they shopped, saving the wrapper to be scanned at the register later.

    But they forgot to pay for the sandwiches as they checked out with about $50 worth of groceries.

    "When the security guard questioned us, I was really embarrassed, I was horrified," she said. They were led upstairs, where the couple expected to get a lecture, pay for the sandwiches, and be allowed on their way.

    But store managers wouldn't allow them to pay for the sandwiches, she said.

    "I asked to talk to a manager and he said it was against their policy to pay for items that left the store," she said. "The security guard said we were being charged with shoplifting."

    Four hours later, a police officer arrived and read them their rights. A woman from the state Child Welfare Services arrived to take Zofia away.

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    Bet she never forgets to pay for anything ever again.
     
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    i nosh all the time.....grapes ...take one....hows it taste....i like to drink a drink while shopping....perhaps a c bar and a few chips.....but you have to pay for it all

    a lot of times with mom....i have to let her taste what she is buying in produce....so she will know what it is....but these are stores i shop at all the time and i am known there...i dont know that i would just roll out to a new store and do this....
     
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    I've rolled out of a store foregetting to pay for some item or the other, too.

    We probably all have.
     

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