Pregnant Mom Eats Sandwich and Goes To Jail

11/02/2021 08:57 PM ET

Pregnant Mom Sandwich - Nicole Leszczynski, a 28-year-old mom, who is also 30 weeks pregnant, eats a sandwich and then has her children taken away by Child Welfare Services in Hawaii. How did this happen?

It all started after she was arrested for eating food at a Honolulu Safeway grocery store. She was with her husband Marcin, 33, and two-year-old-daughter when she ordered food from the deli and ate it in the store before it was paid for.

She tells affiliate KHON she felt faint, ate the sandwiches, put the wrappers in the cart to pay later and finished shopping. They checked out, paying about $50 for the groceries, but in what Nicole called a “distracted parenting moment” they left the store without paying the $5 for the chicken salad meals.

A security guard stopped them. Embarrassed, the couple offered to pay for the food. Instead, the mangers refused, citing store policy, Leszczynski says.

Police were called and the two parents were arrested. They were transported to the Honolulu police department where they were released after a few hours on $50 bail. But in another decision that authorities called following procedure, daughter Zofia was taken away and placed in state custody, and away from her mom.

”They had to call Child Protective Services to take our daughter because we have no friends or family here,” she wrote on a post, adding that their bail was $50 each and they were charged with fourth degree theft. She couldn’t believe that the officers took her as she was pregnant.

“We didn’t know where our daughter was, didn’t know what the situation was, she didn’t have any clothes. They just took her right from the grocery store.” Leszczynski says the couple spent a sleepless night worrying before the girl was returned 18 hours later. She adds it’s “still hard to believe this happened.”

Now it seems Safeway’s corporate offices are eating crow sandwiches for lunch. The store’s latest official statement says: “It appears we may not have handled this matter in the best possible way and we are taking the situation seriously.” The store claims that one of the managers didn’t know she was pregnant or that the couple wanted to pay for the items.

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