Mom arrested in grocery store for using ‘the f-word’ in front of her kid

A mother in South Carolina was hauled away in handcuffs by police because she allegedly said the F-word in front of her kids. The incident occurred at a grocery store when mom Danielle Wolf could not get her husband and child to stop “squishing the bread” and another woman, whom I will henceforth refer to as Gladys Kravitz, went and reported her to a police officer.


Wolf recalls the night she was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at the Kroger store located on Knox Avenue, in North Augusta.

She says a woman shopping in the store followed Wolf and her family. “She’s like, ‘you said the f-word’, and I’m like, ‘when did I say this to my kids?” Wolf told us.

According to the incident report, Wolf was shopping at Kroger with her kids, going down the bread aisle, when they kept squeezing the bread and that’s when she said the word that got her arrested.

Wolf says that’s not what happened. “She’s like, ‘you told that they were smashing the bread’, and I said ‘no’ I said that to my husband, that he was smashing the bread by throwing the frozen pizzas on top of it,” said Wolf.

According to North Augusta law, disorderly conduct generally means, to “utter, while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets.”

Apparently, Kravitz followed them around the damn store, and also confronted them before deciding that she simply had to go to the police about this whole bread squishing incident. She says this reminded her of her abusive childhood–and that is all very sad, but accidentally maybe saying “fuck” in front of your kids is not child abuse. Otherwise, pretty sure all our moms would be in jail right now.

I mean, I realize that kids today are more delicate than we were and they can’t have like, real see-saws or go trick-or-treating, but I am pretty sure that they can handle a few epithets now and then without anyone needing to call child services.

Charges against Wolf, however, have since been dropped and the police department phoned her to apologize.

Can I just throw out there that I know people who have called to report legitimate child abuse who have been entirely blown off by the police? Yet for some reason they’re totally on the case of the lady who swore in the grocery store one time? Yeesh.

Conveniently, just as I was starting to write this, I received a call from my own mother, who was actually just trying to check her voicemail, and asked her opinion on the incident, and she said “How else are they supposed to learn? On the street? If you’re watching children for more than, oh, nine and a half minutes and you don’t feel like swearing, you’re not paying attention. And should probably be arrested for neglect.”

For the record, my mom did swear in front of us by accident, but she told us that we could not swear ourselves until we could drive, and we believed her. Though mostly my parents just swore in Italian and told us it meant pleasant things like “Have a nice afternoon!” Like normal!