So yesterday I was at the grocery plug, bagging for a coworker I'll call Bee. No real reason, just need a name for her. Bee's customer suddenly remembered something else she needed and said she would be right back. No big deal; it happens a lot. I continued bagging, when I noticed the customer's daughter quietly eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, hiding just out of Bee's sight.
"Hey, Bee," I asked quietly. "Did they pay for that?"
Bee looked at the girl and confirmed that they had not paid for it. The customer came back, and as Bee gave her the total, she added "and the Reese's today?" The customer looked confused and said no, at which time Bee pointed out the daughter.
Custy told the daughter to put it back, and Bee informed the custy that the hellspawn had already eaten half of the Reese's. The custy got a serious look on her face, and called her daughter over. The little hellspawn ran, but mom didn't chase - she calmly approached her, took the Reese's, and brought it to the register. She gave it to Bee, rang it up, but then the shocking part happened.
She told Bee to throw it away, as the child was no longer allowed to have the candy.
The little hellion began to SCREAM and howl, but mom ignored her and finished out the transaction. And without any further incident, aside from everyone's bleeding ears, they left the store.
I was floored, guys. I've never seen a parent take responsibility like that. Sure, they'll pay for things their kids have eaten, but I've never seen a parent take something that a kid has stolen and discard it. Wow. It really made my day, guys.