Retail Balls award for this Papa Bear manager!
A woman left her two preschool children in a restaurant I used to work for as a busboy.She just came in, parked them at a table, and walked out. They were like 3 and 4 years old. They didn't know their address or phone number, and Mom's name was apparently "Mommy."
We waited and waited, but she never came back for them. I went and got them some hamburgers and milk, and they ate like they were starving. (They weren't dirty and didn't have any bruises that I could see). They were adorable kids: the older boy kept trying to look out for his little sister, which tells me the poor kid was far too used to having to "adult" it up for his sibling, no thanks to mommy dearest.
Finally after 90 minutes, we called the police. Either oddly or sadly, one of the officers who arrived knew the children and said he would take care of it. Which makes me wonder how many times the cops had been called to that home.
When Mom came back (four hours later!) she flipped her shit, demanding to know why here kids weren't at the table where she left them. We told her flat-out that they were with social services, and that she needed to contact the police department to get them back.
She flipped her shit again, and my manager went papa bear! He told her, loudly, to shut up! As her eyes bugged out at him, he told her that we were not a babysitting service and how stupid she was for abandoning her children here. He told her that she didn't deserve to be a parent and that if she ever showed up on the property again, with or without her children, that he would be calling the police and having her trespassed. She stormed out.
I don't know what happened to the woman or the kids, so I apologize for the lack of resolution.