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KFC is generally stereotyped as the dining experience of choice for those who can least afford it, and this story isn’t helping their image.

A Hastings woman has been referred to Child, Youth and Family after leaving her 6-month-old baby on the floor of a KFC restaurant yesterday.

The woman arrived with her mother just after 12.30pm, but they soon started arguing. The heated debate then spilled to a carpark and the child was left inside a capsule on the ground for a matter of minutes.

Outraged members of public cared for the baby and refused to return him to his mother when she stormed back into the Hastings eatery.

“There was some confusion in the store about the mother’s intentions and some customers became concerned and took it upon themselves to keep the baby safe,” Sergeant Glen Yule said.

“The mother made some unfortunate comments that may have been misconstrued.”

Cherie Sweeney, founder and volunteer of an organisation called Nation of Advocates for the Rights of Children, had been contacted by “irate” witnesses who were shocked that nothing more was done.

“She was more interested in having a domestic dispute which seriously put a child at risk,” Ms Sweeney said.

At the time it’s more important to have a punch up with your mum in the car park instead of making sure your baby isn’t abandoned and sitting on the floor of a restaurant surrounded by strangers, I think you might as well hand in your parenting card.

You’d think that either of the women would have cared enough for baby and grandchild, but it seems that grandma didn’t pass on the necessary skill set to her daughter.


– Hawkes Bay Today

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