Store Manager Demands Mom Leave Disabled Toddler in Hot Car While She Shops
A Louisiana mom is outraged after a manager of a dollar store told her that she had to leave her disabled toddler in the car because the store does not allow strollers.
Jessica Margiotta of Lafitte tells WDSU that she went to Family Dollar to buy diapers with her baby daughter and 3-year-old son. The boy is in a stroller because he suffers from muscle deficiency which makes it difficult for him to walk.
She says that a store employee told her the stroller was “against store policy.” When Margiotta tried to explain the situation, the store’s manager told her she could either carry both of her children or leave the boy in the car.
She says the temperatures in Marrero that day were over 90 degrees.
“I would never leave my kids in the vehicle,” Margiotta told WDSU. “Ever. Cold or hot outside. They’re going to come with me.”
Advocacy group Kids in Cars reports that 28 children died after being left in hot cars this year.
WDSU reports that Family Dollar representatives say there is no official policy that prohibits strollers in their stores.
CNBC, however, previously reported that because of the store’s business model, it is often impossible to walk through the aisles with a stroller.
Earlier this year CNBC did a scathing report on Family Dollar, reporting that, “From blocked aisles that a mom with a stroller can’t navigate to hastily arranged shelves, the stress on Family Dollar’s business model orchestrated by the management team, and not properly checked by the board, is freakishly apparent.”