Working on register, I witnessed a man beat his daughter.
The girl was standing across the aisle, looking at gum. I heard him say her name and when she didn't immediately move, he grabs her by her ponytail, threw her against the counter, and when she fell, he kicked her.
When she tried to get back up, he punched her and kicked her again. All the while yelling at her to "listen when I talk to you!"
I came out from behind the counter. got between him and the girl and told him if he laid another hand on her, he'd have to go through me.
At this point a manager arrived on the scene, and I was taken to the back room.
I was told that I was not allowed to interfere, and that because of me, the child would probably get a worse beating when she got home! I was made to feel that if that child got hurt, or worse, killed by her father, that it would be MY fault for interfering!
I couldn't just stand there! They never directly threatened my job, but they made me feel REALLY bad for doing something! I never heard any more about it after that, so I don't know if I was actually "formally" written up or anything.
How can a worker help in such a situation?