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Swedish teen victim of shopping cart ‘assault’

The Local · 15 May 2012, 14:07

Published: 15 May 2012 14:07 GMT+02:00

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“There was a real bang at the impact,” one witness told police, reports daily Expressen.

The 16-year-old girl was shopping with her mother at the discount department store Gekås, near Ullared, on a very busy day in October last year, according to the paper.

The teen’s mother, who is reportedly in her forties, accidentally bumped her cart into the back of an old woman, who was shopping at the store accompanied by her daughter.

The old lady became very agitated and started yelling at the pair. As they were leaving, the 16-year-old suddenly felt as if she was kicked in the back. She was certain it was the old woman, reports the paper.

The next thing she knew, she was slammed in her back by a shopping trolley.

“The older lady’s daughter took a run with the shopping trolley to get more force into it and with her face contorted, she ran it straight into the back of the young girl,” said a witness to the police, according to Expressen.

The 16-year-old, who was by now in tears, looked around to see that the 40-year-old woman was jeering at her.

With two witnesses to the event, the 40-year-old woman is now being charged with assault at the Varberg District Court. According to Expressen, the girl wants 13,700 kronor ($1,948) in compensation.

However, the 40-year-old denies all allegations, saying she is certain neither she nor her mother smashed their cart into anyone or kicked them in the back.

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15:52 May 15, 2012 by Rishonim
People in them there parts of the country are passive aggressive. They have too much lonely anger inside from the lack of contact with other human beings.
18:26 May 15, 2012 by strixy
Were they drunk? I'm only asking because I've noticed that frequently bad emotions go really out of hand when Scandinavians are drunk.
20:14 May 15, 2012 by Frank Arbach
Sounds like typical Swedish supermarket behaviour to me
01:36 May 16, 2012 by foxpur
I kind of agree with Frank, I walk with a cane and some idiot thought it would be fun to smash into it with a shopping cart...I'm more stable than he thought and I was not knocked over as I assume he was trying for... he hit the refridgerated display in front of me so hard he smashed his own private bits into the same cart. I just laughed and felt vindicated.

Yay Karma
10:29 May 16, 2012 by hunnysnowbee
Oh this is not just limited to Sweden believe me! A few years back in Wales, I was stood in a shopping aisle with my then 1 week old son, who was born 4 weeks prem, and had only come home the day before after spending a week in SCBU, having been very ill and needing 4 days of intensive care treatment. Some guy walking along slammed his trolley into my pram and just walked on, like nothing had happened. Ok, fair enough, old guy, looked a bit out of it, guessing he obviously had some kind of dementia of what not, but the woman with him, who was alot younger, didn't even appologise or ask if my son was ok. Instead, me stood there, gob smacked look on my face and saying "He just whacked my my pram, my son is in there!" She looked me up and down, like something disgusting she had trodden in and said, wait for it......"Well he shouldn't have been in the way!" At this point I became very angry and said, "He only came out of hospital yesterday after being born 4 weeks prem and very ill" To which she replied, "Well that's not my problem is it?" and walked off. Good job my friend was with me, because after every thing I had gone through to have my son, and seeing him very ill only days before, I felt like smacking the obnoxious b**** one! I don't know how people can be so callous towards kids once they get in shopping mode???? Actualy I know what what the hell gets into to people once they get a shopping trolly in their hands full stop. Where the hell do their manners go? I hope I never turn into one of these trolly trolls.
22:31 May 19, 2012 by Philscbx
If it were up to me, women would not be allowed with their double wide kid carts in stores with narrow isles period.

Stores in Sweden are flooded with these obnoxious isle killers.

You can't get a baby sitter for a couple hours? WTH.
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