A mother in Australia who shamed a father for taking a selfie after she thought he was taking pictures of her children offered a tearful apology for a mistake that cost the man his reputation.
Backlash against the mother began when she posted a photo on Facebook of the man in question. She explained in a post that he approached her young children in a Target store and began taking photos of them. In actuality, the man was taking a selfie in front of a Star Wars sign outside of the Target as part of an inside joke between him and his children.
“As I was walking out of Target I saw a very large Darth Vader cut out for taking photographs — it said 'May the 4th be with you' — and I've got three children and they love all that Comic-Con, Supernova, science fiction stuff,” he said.
“I said 'I'll only be a second, I'm taking a selfie to send to my kids.' There was no parent present. I then started walking out of the shop and was trying to work out how to send the photo to my three children. Obviously as I was going out this woman has stalked me and taken a photo of me.” The man said he found out about the misunderstanding after the mother’s post began to go viral the following day.
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“My partner rang me and said she'd been contacted by somebody interstate who had seen the post and recognized (sic) me,” the father said. “Then she explained it to me and I was just flabbergasted at this stage that my photo is on Facebook with an allegation I've been speaking to children and taking children's photos.”
After the mother started getting criticism for her quick judgment of the man, she contacted the Knox Leader and offered an apology.
“I just need to say sorry ... for not letting (the police) do their job, and putting my concerns on social media,” she said. “My children are going through an enormous amount of pain (because of this) and I hate to think what (the man) and his family are going through. I just don’t know how to say sorry enough.”
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The mother said she’s learned her lesson and vowed never to be so quick to judge people if a similar situation should arise again.
“Trust the police — leave it up to them, don’t go putting anything up on social media,” she said. “I should not have put any picture on any social media, even if I thought it was private. One thousand times over I wish I could just take it back. I think the biggest lesson out of it all is not to post anything that could hurt anybody on any media.”
Photo Credit: Via Daily Mail