Folks — I can’t tell if I’m overly trusting or if the world is the opposite, so please weigh in:
The story is that a man, 64, shopping with his wife at a Florida Walmart, grabbed a 4-year-old’s wrist and attempted to kidnap him. Here’s the video:
The man supposedly told the child, “Let’s go.”
The sheriff is quoted as saying: “I never want anyone in Lee County to feel unsafe, especially going on a simple shopping trip. My team will stop at NOTHING to ensure criminals like this face the consequences of their actions.”
My real question(s): Was this man really trying to abduct a boy who was standing near his sister and mom? From a store filled with security cameras and humans and the boy’s own family? Was his wife going to be just fine with a new, rambunctious passenger in the car? Is she just resigned to her husband’s offbeat hobby? Or is she a kidnapper, too?
OR: Are law enforcement and the media (even all the way over in England) so obsessed with stranger-danger that they believe this admittedly weird incident was an actual crime? Or are willing to pretend it was, for the sake of a “good story”?
The commenters at The Daily Mail (yes, yes, The Daily Mail — I know), mostly believe the man was a kidnapper/trafficker. Prison for life is about the most lenient punishment they suggest. But once in a while someone writes something like this:
Please , innocent till proven guilty. Unpopular opinion but this guy had no intention of capturing the child. His wife is there and she is not moving at all nor does she try to run away. The old man could have dementia . There is no video showing them profiling the child and the parent family member of that child was in close proximity. Writing with a perspective of someone dealing with someone with dementia patients.
Maybe he was just joking. There hasn’t been a trial yet. It’s innocent until proven guilty. If he really wanted to take a kid he’d be less likely to do it right next to the family and his own wife watching.
So: What do you think? I’m truly curious! – L.