How Racism Turned an Interracial Family's Trip to Walmart into a Kidnapping Investigation
A Virginia father's trip to Walmart last week took an unexpected turn when he was accused of kidnapping his three young daughters because their skin color did not match his. Joseph, a white father in an interracial marriage who does not want his family name revealed, has three daughters, a 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins. According to Fox News in DC, Joseph took them to Walmart in Potomac Mills in Woolbridge to cash a check, then was "shocked" to find a Prince William County police officer waiting for them at home.
"He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph told Fox.
"I was dumbfounded," his wife, Keana, told Fox, "I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’
"He took my ID and asked my 4-year-old to point out who her mother and father were."
Joseph told Fox an officer explained that a Walmart security guard "reported seeing him in the parking lot with the girls and thought it was strange." After the cop left, Keana called Walmart and was transferred to a Walmart security officer who blamed a customer for the incredibly false alarm.
Keana says the security oficer told her, "Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn't think that they fit. And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don't fit?’ And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don't match up.’”
Walmart issued a statement claiming, "There's still a lot of unknowns at this time and we're currently looking into the situation." Joseph and Keana will never shop at Walmart again, and are hoping they can make good of the incident by raising awareness about racism and love's ability to transcend skin color.
PSA: Multiracial families do not imply kidnapping.
I believe if it had been a black man with mixed kids, nothing would've happened. It's because white men and black women are still a rarity.
We already talked about this but everyone thinks it was a Black Woman shopping at Walmart that turned the white guy into security.
Where is your proof, R2?
Not in my house, R1.
Not as much as you might think.
[quote]has three daughters, a 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins. According to Fox News in DC, Joseph took them to Walmart
God he's brave. I'd rather be lined up and shot than take 3 little kids anywhere.
[quote]I was sent here by Walmart security.
He should have known right then to just hang up the phone.
In Prince William County? Which is fairly diverse?
Northern Virginia, you're disappointing me.
The Voice of the Night
Welcome to AmeriKKKa!
If you see something, say something. That's my motto.
Is VotD also a NoVA expert? This doesn't surprise me at all.
LMAO @ R10
He also wouldn't have been stopped, R1, because "black" is far more expansive than "white" in the United States.
I think it's because of all that if you see something say something business. I guess people need to be told people of seemingly different races out together is no reason to call the cops. Even if he wasn't their father, he could have been the manny/babysitter or a friend or relative. What a ridiculous thing for Walmart security to get involved in.
My child & I could look like different races (although sometimes people just think I have a tan) but I guess we look enough alike that no one has ever doubted he was my son. But I did have a Puerto Rican babysitter who had very blonde children and she told me people would come up to her all the time very rudely asking if they were really her children.
Are you surprised that Walmart has people with shit for brains working for them?
"We already talked about this but everyone thinks it was a Black Woman shopping at Walmart that turned the white guy into security."
Who the fuck cares if it was a white person or a black person who went to security? Either way, it sucks.
Black man's jealousy of seeing a white man with a black woman or in this case with his biracial offspring.
What's your point, fag racist at r2?
I knew a black Cuban guy who's wife was white. She had white kids from a first marriage, and this happened to him. It goes both ways, and it's idiotic.
What's your point, nigger homophobe at R17?
Like how that feels, cunt?
How do you know that person is black, R19?
We live in a Police State - why are we surprised?
The only thing surprising is the County Police taking orders from Walmart Security who were obviously worried about their owners being sued if they were wrong- which they were.
A bitter black man had to have done this they hate bw but don't want anyone else to have them...
The sad thing r21 is that Americans OBEY these requests. He should not have complied and should handled it with violence if necessary. Other shoppers should have come to his defense with whatever force it required.
The racism and ignorance on Datalounge is vile. Who raised and educated some of you? Gross...
I can't tell if r24 is an idiot or not. Who are you talking about, r24?
God Damn, R23, you're dumb. Also he was at home.
It's Woodbridge, not Woolbridge!
Wanda Sykes discusses this scenario with her white twins.
Why the hell was the man going to Walmart to cash a check?! Don't most people still have bank accounts these days?
Has Walmart cornered the market on everything these days? Their crappy Made in China items, bad food, cheap generic drugs and now they cash checks? Do they also have a dentist on premises?
I am proud to announce that I have never been in a Walmart in my life, in fact there are none where I live and sure I hope the local activists keep it that way! What a disgusting vile corporation.
[quote]Is VotD also a NoVA expert? This doesn't surprise me at all.
Yeah, it's not like I've lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 35 years, or that most of my college friends were from NoVA and lots of them still live there.
The Voice of the Night
[quote]Joseph took them to Walmart in Potomac Mills in Woolbridge to cash a check,
What kind of trash cashes checks at WalMart????
I know R31. This guy should gladly pay a bank fees every month just for the honor of having an account with them. How dare he try to keep more of the money he has earned?
Sue their asses.
You really think WalMart cashes checks for FREE, R32? Dumb much?
R34 I never said that.
I'm white, took my white nephews and niece to a store. One of the nephews got pissed because I wouldn't buy something for him and screams YOU AREN'T MY DADDY! I had a fun afternoon.
Oh for heavens sake, nobody got hurt. The cop was embarrassed and explained to the family that he had to follow up after a Walmart security person called police.
This family is looking for a payday.
To all you yapping about cashing a check at Walmart, some actually HAVE a bank in them.
If you don't know what you're talking about, you should shut the fuck up.
I'm especially looking at YOU R29, who speaks of a place he claims to never have entered.
Yet if this were a kidnapping case and the kids ended up dead people would complain "why didn't anyone do anything?"
These days, as soon as you involve children, all bets are off. If your own child said "this person isn't my parent" people are going to believe the child and you'll have a fun couple of hours getting out of it. Kids hold the keys to the kingdom these days.
You have no problem with a Walmart security person being a racist moron?
There is absolutely no evidence that the family is "looking for a payday."
There was absolutely no evidence of a kidnapping. There was only a difference of skin color. This was racism, pure and simple.
[quote] To all you yapping about cashing a check at Walmart, some actually HAVE a bank in them
Yes but Walmart advertises about their check cashing services. I've seen several TV ads of theirs extolling the virtues of cashing your check at Walmart.
And R43, Walmart charges for that privilege despite what some idiot on this thread implies. I have a free account at my credit union and never pay a fee to cash checks.
Yes they do charge, R44. But their fees are supposedly lower than what check cashing places charge.
Not everyone is able to have a bank account, due to lack of income (some banks have a minimum deposit requirement, and some require minimum balances be maintained) or other issues. And not everyone lives in places where they have access to a credit union they can join.
Walmart appeals mostly to lower income income clientele, whether shopping or cashing checks.
The deeper issue here is GENDERISM.
A white woman with three black kids would have never been stopped. Women are identified as care-givers.
Men are identified as kid-nappers.
Why are people assuming that the guy's wife is a Black woman? All the article in OP's post says is that the man's in an inter-racial marriage.
[quote] You have no problem with a Walmart security person being a racist moron?
It was a customer.
If the security person had not followed up and it turned out they were kidnapped, nobody would ever shut up about it.
Remember how neighbors in Cleveland claimed they called police about seeing women in the kidnap house? Maybe they're lying; maybe they're not. But they claim they called police and police left after not getting anyone to answer the door.
[quote] I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’
How would a policeman know what they went through to have children? That's a stupid thing to say.
R50 I'm assuming the police officer knows the family.
Would a kidnapper take his three young victims out in public? Different skin color is not evidence of a kidnapping. Both the customer who complained and the security guard are racist morons. There was no legitimate reason to call the police.
The wife is black. Here is the original story from Channel 5 in DC with pictures of the family.
I did a surrogacy. The surrogate was on the opposite coast. When I flew the baby back home at 6 days old, I was repeatedly stopped for being a man traveling alone with a small infant.
It never occurred to me to be indignant about it.
R52, Jaycee Dugard and the two children she had in captivity were rescued because the kidnapper took them out in public.
Wow, how backwards are people and what century do they think we're in now? Most sane people wouldn't give a family like that a second thought but someone actually called the police on them? Nuts.
[quote]Remember how neighbors in Cleveland claimed they called police about seeing women in the kidnap house? Maybe they're lying; maybe they're not.
Turns out their claims are less than accurate.
[quote] You'll notice that most of the claims come from neighbor Israel Lugo, but notice that he's describing incidents that were told to him by others—not things he personally witnessed. His "sister" heard the pounding, "his neighbors" saw the naked girls, and "his mother" called the police. Also: though it wasn't mentioned in the USA Today story, according to The Washington Post, Cintron is Lugo's mother. All the named witness in both articles are related.
The people who called the police about Jaycee Dugard noticed actual indications of a kidnapping, not just a difference in skin color.
A man traveling with a 6-day old infant is very rare. A man shopping with his three young daughters is very common. You do understand they
are completely different situations, don't you?
I see people with biracial, black, Asian and a whole mix of kids all the time. What about the gay & straight couples who adopt kids of different race. This must be some kind of hick town if they find this so shocking.
And for R29 Some Walmarts are considering putting dental offices in them. I'm not sure if any has them yet. But riight now the superstores have beauty salon where you can get your nails & your hair done. They also have vision care centers to get eye exams, contacs and glasses.
[quote]Why the hell was the man going to Walmart to cash a check?! Don't most people still have bank accounts these days?
This might answer it. It's a convenient place to cash checks after hours. from R53's link.
[quote]On Thursday evening, Joseph took all three girls to the Walmart in Potomac Mills in Woodbridge to cash a check. He says they weren't there long, but spent a few extra minutes in the parking lot while he buckled the girls in and then made a phone call.
What the hell is wrong with Virginia? Such crazy stuff is going on there lately. Honestly, they are turning into Florida.
Waiting for the resident libertarian to jump in and defend rent-a-cops who call the police and waste taxpayers money.