Louisiana mother Jessica Margiotta is livid after an encounter with a dollar store manager. According to the Lafitte mom, she went shopping at a Family Dollar in Marrero over the weekend, and was told to leave her disabled son — and his stroller — outside the store because strollers are against company policy.
Margiotta says that she was taking her five-month-old daughter and three-year-old son to the store to purchase diapers for her daughter, whom she was carrying in her arms. Moments after she entered, an employee told her that she could not bring in the stroller carrying her son, who suffers from muscular deficiency and can not walk on his own, into the store.
WDSU reports that the mother was then approached by the store manager, who ” told her to either leave the stroller at the front of the store and carry her son in her other arm, or put him in the car and do her shopping without him.”
“I would never leave my kids in the vehicle,” Margiotta said. “Ever. Cold or hot outside. They’re going to come with me.”
Temperatures reached 90° Fahrenheit over the weekend in Marrero. In such conditions, the interior of a car can become as hot as 109° in a matter of ten minutes, so even a quick trip can have dire consequences for a child left in the car.
A representative of Family Dollar told the station that there is not actually a policy that prohibits strollers in stores. However, in June, CNBC reported that crowded and blocked aisles and poor store layouts present a burden to those who wish to bring their strollers into the store.
This year, 28 children have died from heatstroke after being left in hot vehicles, a trend the manager of this store would gladly continue because, for some reason or another, though no policy exists barring strollers, she felt it necessary to suggest a mother leave her child in the car while she did her shopping.
You can watch a report on this disgusting incident, below: