Saturday, December 15, 2007


Today I was a little disturbed. Gage and I went out shopping to get a Christmas gift for Emma from Gage. We had a nice time. We went to Walmart after we got her gift because he said he would like to look around a little bit. While we were there, we picked up a few things, saw Juanita and Kim, and then went to check out after we got the items we needed for Gage's Christmas party at school. While we were checking out, I heard over the intercom there was a Code Adam. I told Gage that meant a little kid was lost in the store. From what I know, I thought that the doors were shut down and no one could come in, and no one could go out until the child was found. Nobody reacted at all. I looked at the cashier and asked if they were supposed to lock the doors with a Code Adam. She looked at me like she had no idea what I was talking about. There were still people coming and and going out of the store. Then, some man came into my checkout lane and heard what I was talking about and said that Code Adam just meant there was a kid still in the store but lost, and an Amber Alert meant they would close all of the doors down. I told him I didn't think so. I thought Code Adam was to shut all of the doors until the child was found, and Amber Alert was a statewide thing. He didn't think so. I just wanted to say, "WHATEVER!" I'm pretty sure I'm right. Does anyone else know the procedure? The reason I was a little disturbed is because I'm comforted by the "CODE ADAM" sign when I go into stores. I have always thought if I lose Emma (which I have on a few occasions, for maybe 1-2 minutes)that is my saving grace? Now, I don't know if a person should be comforted by that, since not a single person at the Walmart seemed to care. The little old lady at the doors handing out Walmart stickers to the kids didn't react either. But, I'm sure she didn't hear it because of the VERY LOUD fans that are blowing in the entry way. People were just oblivious to the whole situation. Instead, I'm feeling a little panicked because I know that parent was freaking out trying to find their child. And, let me tell you, on a Saturday afternoon, this close to Christmas, Walmart is NOT the place you want to lose your child!!!! Does anyone have any info on the Code Adam and Amber Alerts?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a link from stating that the doors are to be locked down when a child turns up missing.

It's so disturbing to think they didn't react to the code.

By the way I feel that I should introduce myself. My name is Rachel and I ran across your blog accidentally. I enjoy reading your about your adventures with your family.

Anyways...hope this helps answer your question.