Kids these days. Let 'em steal a couple dried apricots at age four and by age five they're robbing the place at gunpoint. That's why an Everett Safeway security guard nipped a four-year-old future career criminal in the bud.
KOMO reports that four-year-old Savannah Sharp went to the Everett Safeway and decided to sample a few apricots from a bag on the shelf. The toddler apparently ripped open a bag, popped a few of the healthy treats into her maw and put the bag back on the shelf and walked away.
Little did she know the security guard had clocked her for what she was as soon as she came in.
. . . The guard stopped the pair as they left the store and led them back to a break room.
"He proceeded to tell them 'Your daughter stole and she's banned from the store, and we're pressing charges. And she needs to sign this form saying she understands she can't come into any Safeways,'" Alissa Jones said.
After demanding that the toddler sign the form saying she'd keep out of Safeway, the child's father informed the guard that the girl couldn't really read or write yet, but the man was unmoved. He had the girl scribble her name down on the form as best she could.
The higher ups at Safeway got wind of the incident through the child's parents, who were pretty pissed off about the whole affair, and soon the security guard was out of a job.
Safeway spokesperson Cherie Myers said that the company was "appalled" by the guard's behavior.
The little girl, meanwhile, is offering a Black Friday special today on mint Rolex watches going at the bodega on Aurora and 42nd.