Pregnant mom says sandwich arrest was 'horrifying'

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10/31/2011 5:43:32 PM - AP News
HONOLULU (AP) — A pregnant mother says she was traumatized by a "horrifying" ordeal at a Honolulu supermarket last week when she and her husband were arrested for stealing sandwiches and had their 2-year-old daughter taken into state custody.Nicole Leszczynski (les-CHIN'-ski) sobbed Monday as she recounted what started as a family trip to the Safeway supermarket. The 30-weeks pregnant Leszczynski munched on a chicken salad sandwich while shopping, but forgot to pay for it.The couple was arrested after they paid $50 for groceries, but not two sandwiches.Their daughter was taken away for 18 hours. The couple, who recently moved to Hawaii from Monterey, Calif., was released on $50 bail each.Safeway told KHON-TV that it "may not have handled this matter in the best possible way."