Grocery Shopping Nightmare

Grocery Shopping Nightmare

You either love it or you hate it, but it’s necessary. Biology requires that we eat, so once a week, with list in hand, I go grocery shopping.

Me personally, I’m a foodie, so time at the grocery store is spent wandering up and down each aisle, seeking new products that I can toss into my shopping cart to later indulge in at home. This is exactly what Alicia Keating was doing at her neighborhood Wal-Mart in Midwest City, Oklahoma with her two daughters, ages 2 and 12, when the unthinkable happened.

You see, Alicia simply turned her back to grab something when her 2-year-old daughter was snatched out of the shopping cart by a strange man, with a knife in his hand, as her 12-year-old daughter helplessly watched.

Surveillance cameras caught the horrifying scene:

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Having watched this video a few times, each time with more chills than previously, it truly haunts me to see this happen.

For the 12-year-old sister, my heart literally hurts for her when 2-year-old Zoey is taken, because I can only imagine how she is feeling, but I’m sure it’s horrible and gut-wrenching.

For Alicia (the mom), as she realizes, processes and comprehends what has happened, I can only sense pure terror and horror.

And, for little Zoey, I wonder how she was feeling. Was she crying? Screaming? Calm? Laughing? Confused? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you think she is going to recover from this incident? She was taken by a strange man, shown a knife and in the stranger's arms when police shot him in the head.

Honestly, I truly hope that all three involved seek counseling so that they may continue on with their lives with as much normalcy as possible.

Okay readers, if this shocking event doesn't prompt you to react, I'm not sure what will! I can't wait to hear your comments and opinions so we can discuss this!

What, if anything, could have been done differently? What would you have done in this situation?


**(To the police of Midwest City, Oklahoma, I want to say a huge thank you for saving a little girl's life.)

Posted by Ginger Hill on Jul 09, 2013

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