A mother took it upon herself to confront a fellow mom at a Target store as she was filling up her shopping cart up with baby formula.
The entire interaction was captured on video and later posted to TikTok as one woman attempted to hold the other to account.
Although the woman’s face could not be seen, the contents of a cart were clearly visible with more than 30 bottles of baby formula stashed inside.
‘You have a full cart! Look at all this!’ the woman exclaims as she spots the fully stocked cart.
‘Look at the shelves,’ she continues, noting how they are all completely empty. ‘You don’t think I need it for my baby too?’
The other mother responds in broken English: ‘You think I knew you were going to come and get this one?’
‘You just cleared the whole shelf of all of this formula’, the woman replies.
‘We took it because I am paying for it!’ the other mother responds.
‘And I’m not paying for?’ the first mother retorts. ‘I have a child at home and you just cleared the whole shelf,’ she states calmly.
The clash is said to have happened as a target store in Massachusetts but the problem is not isolated to that particular state but nationwide, with a shortage of baby formula on the nation’s shelves.
‘This is the whole reason why there’s a formula shortage. You’ve taken all the formula off the shelf and bought it all at once! There’s kids who need formula today who won’t be able to get it because you just bought it to stock up.’
By this point, after more than a minute of back-and-forth, the other female shopper has heard enough and decided to move on with her shopping.
‘That’s not your problem, right?’ she calls after her.
The behavior sparked plenty of comments on social media.
‘The store should limit the amount each person can buy’, wrote Scarlette Rogue.
One commenter suggested that the woman was actually going online to sell the formula.
‘There should be a limit or lock it up like Walmart does. That’s crazy. She’s probably going to sell it no baby at home. I’m buying?!’ added Tyasha Dixon.
‘Why hasn’t Target put a limit on the amount one person can purchase? I was at a Walgreens’s in Milwaukee and the formula was behind the counter,’ explained Laurielovesmolly.
‘The shortage is because of all the recalls let’s stop blaming parents for being smart and stocking up when it’s available,’ said Rivera Miranda in defense of the woman’s actions.
On Wednesday night, the government appeared to be finally attempting to do something to resolved the baby formula crisis.
The House of Representatives passed a bill to provide $28million in emergency after parents blasted President Joe Biden for taking too long to invoke the Defense Production Act.
The White House now insists the new moves will reverse the baby formula shortage after weeks of bare shelves, with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday that supplies will increase in weeks.
The House passed two bills. The first was a measure approved on a 414-9 vote that will allow low-income women to purchase more baby formula through the federal Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program.
The second, the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022, provides the funding as parents across America struggle to find supplies to feed their children and was passed on a 231-192 vote.
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