What Would You Do: Mother forces her son to shoplift at a grocery store

At a grocery store, a mother is secretly forcing her son to shoplift food. Will customers tell on them to management, or pay for their items?
7:08 | 06/16/18

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?????? We're shopping the aisles at the stew Leonard's grocery store in Norwalk, Connecticut. And this mother is teaching her son that it's much easier to just take what you want. Go ahead, put that in your bag. Mom. Just do it. Hurry up. It's made the news more than once lately. A mom accused of using her son to shoplift. So if you see a mother, and son -- Fine. -- Stealing items from a grocery store. "What would you do?" Good job. This first shopper stops. Have Angela put something in his bag. Put it in your bag. Mom! Just put it in your bag. She watches the crime in action. Mom, this is stealing. Here, take it. Take it. She seems troubled, trying to decide what to do. Mom! Put it in the bag. Then she approaches this worker, that's our actor Brian, to tell him what she's witnessed. There's a woman there making her son steal things, and he has such a sad look on his face. She's actually crying. It's upsetting that this little boy is being forced to steal. I felt like going over and saying you know, there's cameras everywhere. I have children. You know, she's crazy, but you know, to have your son do that. When we step out to talk to her, she's overcome with emotion. I'm so upset. You felt sorry for the little boy. I just felt so awful for him. I just had to say something to someone, but, you know, with what's happening today, you get really scared about what people are going to do to you for telling. This is Aiden. I'm so glad it was make believe. I've got a lot of grandkids, and we all should be role models for our kids. We see time and again, shoppers doing just what that woman did. Mom, no. That's stealing! Put it in your bag. Reporting the incident to the store's manager. She told him to do what? Put it in his backpack. Why would she do that? And the poor boy was saying, no, mom! I don't know if I'm a squealer or whatever, but -- They're putting stuff in the backpack. There she is. Right there. There's like shoplifting over here using her kid to put stuff in her bag. But you better go there she put it in her son's backpack. She saw me see it. I don't know, like, maybe if it's just easy to carry. Did the little boy steal? Yeah. No, the mother. Right here, the blonde. Lots of folks call out the bad behavior, but some choose not to say anything to our mom or to our worker. Don't say anything. Just put it in your bag. Mom! Put it in your bag. Put this in your bag. This next shopper watches the grocery store scandal. We have to pay for this. Just put it in your bag. And he's forced into action when Aiden approaches. I don't know what to do. She just doesn't want to pay for it. I know. She's making me steal it. Maybe she don't have the money. No, she has the money. I don't want to, but she's making me do it. That's the wrong thing to do. You got it in there now? Yeah. Oh, boy. Then the shopper confronts Angela, an attempt to get answers. I'm sorry. Sorry. Is he bothering you? I'm so sorry. No. You're making him steal things. What? Yeah. That's what he told me. No. And instead of taking things to the authorities, he's ready to do what he can to help. If you don't have the money to buy it, I'll buy it for you. I'll buy it for you. Before he makes that purchase, we step in. Hi, there. Oh! "What would you do?" I watch it all the time on television. You confronted the woman. You don't want to get people in trouble, so I said, look, I'll pay for everything. And to teach a child that. As he gets older he's going to start out with a piece of fruit, and then it's going to be a car, drugs, or anything. And unfortunately that's exactly what happens. Our filming continues into the afternoon, and we put a new team of shoplifters in place. We swap out Angela. Go ahead. Zip it up. Let's go. For Lissette. This shopper sees what's happening. I don't want to do this. Just do it. And as most have done, she tells our worker immediately. This lady with her son is putting food into his backpack, and he's telling her no. It's stealing, and she's still telling him to put it in and zip up the bag. He knows it's wrong. It's "What would you do?" I'm just a bit emotional. I felt bad for the boy. Why is it so upsetting? The fact that a parent would do that to their child. And the child is saying no. They know it's wrong, and you're saying, go ahead. What do you hope people learn from this? That no matter how hard times are, you know, you have to speak up. Our final customer of the day overhears the conversation between mother and son. Just go ahead put this in your bag. Mom, that's stealing. It's okay. We give this store enough money. You leave that in your bag. She has to say something directly to our mom. Ma'am, you think you're doing the right thing? What do you mean? Encouraging your child to steal? I'm not doing anything. You're not. You're making him do it. What's the big deal? The big deal? I'm getting security. It's just one thing. One thing leads to two. Unhappy with Lisette's response, she then takes things to the manager. There's a woman over there encouraging her child to steal. He's putting food in his backpack. She's right there. I was just looking for security. What kind of a mother would do that? Stupid ass. Could you wait one second. It's just really sad. No. It's really sad. Well, we're not going to get security standing here. Time for us to tell her, it's "What would you do?" How are you? You okay? I have a son that got in trouble. He started by shoplifting one thing, then it led to two, and then she's telling her kid to put it in his pack, that it's only one thing. You just had to say something. Yeah, because you don't teach your kid that. How's your son doing now? He's okay now. He outgrew that. But his life would have been a lot different if he didn't do it the first time, you know? Come over here, say hello, guys. You are so cute.

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