Shopper attacked after telling mom to quiet her screaming child

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A woman in Colma, Calif., was attacked outside a Nordstrom Rack store after telling a mother to quiet her screaming child.

Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson told KPIX she was punched in the face after telling the mother to quiet down her child, who was throwing a tantrum inside the store.

Hajek-Richardson was checking out when the child, under 6 years old, began throwing a loud tantrum.

“It didn’t bother me that the child was throwing the tantrum, but the volume was very loud, it was hurting my ears,” she said.

Hajek-Richardson said she asked the child’s mother to quiet the child down.

“She came to the side of me and told me not to tell her child what to do. And I told her that I didn’t ask your child what to do, I asked you very nicely to calm down your child just a little bit,” she said.

Hajek-Richardson then apparently got into a heated exchange with the mother.

Hajek-Richardson said she then told the mom off. “I told her to go to hell and she told me I’ll see you there,” she said.

When Hajek-Richardson left the store, the mother apparently followed her to her car where the two again exchanged words.

“She was asking me, ‘Where’d you tell me to go?’ So I repeated again what I said to her, and I told her that I told her to go to hell,” she said.

The surveillance video shows the woman, wearing a red shirt, walking toward Hajek-Richardson prior to the attack.

Hajek-Richardson claims she was punched twice in the face. Police are still working to identify the woman in the video.

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116 comments

  • April'

    I think she deserved to get punched in the face. Its one thing to tell a mother to quite their child when the child is clearly young and learning to control their fits of anger. Advice to all who are young and stupid don’t say anything at all if you can’t handle a child crying in a public place God forbid your pour ears hurt when its the prize you pay going shopping around the holidays. So shut your trap and walk the fuck out of the store if it bothers you no one is forcing you to stand in line move out of line or try to help the child calm down by distracting them it helps the parent and you get to keep your teeth on your stuck up face.

    • John

      A young woman looking in her thirties telling mom to “Go to hell” is uncalled for and NOT justifiable… It was instigated. But we don’t go around as a victim and retaliate by using more physical force and violence and punching a young woman’s Teeth out, should we ??? It takes Two to be stupid in a dispute over a kid at “that age” growing up. I’m appalled she knocked that girl’s teeth out. We’ll never know if the young lady asked this irate MOM “Nicely” to quiet the kid’s tantrum down unless you speak to witnesses in the checkout line………….. A stupid request by a weird girl to shut up a kid’s tantrum, , yes, but Retaliation in the form of knocking out the girl’s teeth = real stupid !

    • Dan

      lol, “please, calm your child down.” Obviously, this young woman never had a child, if it were that easy to calm a child throwing a tantrum, I’m sure the violent mom would’ve done it. I won’t say that clueless woman deserved it, but her actions lack understanding and maturity. As for the violent mom, you can’t just go around punching every b-tchy person you see, because that just proves you’re just another b-tch. You reap what you sow.

  • John P

    Authorities are having trouble identifying a woman inside the store who was the mother of that child ? how is that possible ? No camera inside a high end store in an affluent town of California ? Doesn’t add up ? You ever hear of a credit card receipt or interaction with the check out clerks ? So , I understand the Cameras aren’t inside a store to identify the aggravated assault on the victim in the parking lot who offended the mom ? A young woman looking in her thirties telling mom to “Go to hell” is uncalled for and NOT justifiable… It was instigated. But we don’t go around as a victim and retaliate by using more physical force and violence and punching a young woman’s Teeth out, should we ??? It takes Two to be stupid in a dispute over a kid at “that age” growing up. I’m appalled she knocked that girl’s teeth out. We’ll never know if the young lady asked this irate MOM “Nicely” to quiet the kid’s tantrum down unless you speak to witnesses in the checkout line………….. A stupid request by a weird girl to shut up a kid’s tantrum, , yes, but Retaliation in the form of knocking out the girl’s teeth = real stupid !

    That is VERY said. You have a *high end* store called Nordstrom’s, and the owner of the building or owner/manager of this building/ Retail store doesn’t have Camera inside to view up-close this altercation between the Two parties… Wow. Or am I missing something ? John

  • Gwenna

    it seems anymore it is a crime to make your children mind. So people think it is ok to just let their children do what they want, act how they want. I see so many children getting more and more unruly in stores and restaurants . You can’t go out anymore and have a quiet night out at a restaurant without some child screaming and cursing and pitching a fit about something if they don’t get exactly what they want . A lot of these parents are scared of their children when they get older.

    My son would not have gotten by with that when he was younger. He acted normal. I raised him to where he knew how to act out in public. Now he knows how to act as an adult. I can understand why someone would not want to stand in line and hear that . If my child was acting like that I would excuse myself and come back later. I would not have subjected a store-full of people to a screaming fit . People are so selfish and disrespectful to others.