Pregnancy is an incredibly vulnerable time. It causes nausea, fatigue and a whole host of other unpleasant side effects.
Then there are the financial strains. Put plainly, having a baby is an expensive proposition.
In addition to all of the hospital bills, new parents find themselves needing new infant paraphernalia like bottles and bootie pajamas and cribs. One thief knew that full well and took advantage of an expecting couple in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to KARE, Natalee Fadden had ordered a crib during all the sales that swirl around Thanksgiving. After all, this was her first child, and everyone needs to pinch pennies when a baby is on the way.
“I ordered a crib on a Cyber Monday deal,” she said. “And it came within two days, and I was home and waiting for it.”
But there was a problem: Even though Target said that it had delivered the crib, Fadden couldn’t see a big box anywhere.
Instead of getting on the phone, though, Fadden turned to a smart appliance. She and her husband owned the Ring doorbell, a device that both chimes and aims a camera at anyone who approaches your door.
“Sure enough, UPS had delivered it,” she said after seeing the video. “They didn’t ring the doorbell, [and] they didn’t knock on the door.”
Unfortunately, someone else noticed the package before she did. “And then about an hour after the footage of the UPS guy dropping it off, there was footage of some stranger in a tan Trailblazer that just came and took the package and left,” she said.
She thought that perhaps the shape of the box made someone believe she’d ordered a large television. But whatever the reason for the theft, it made Fadden mad.
She turned to social media to let others know about the incident. The response she got, though, surprised her.
“I needed to share, because North Minneapolis gets such a bad rap that people forget there’s still so much good over here,” she told WITI. “Our immediate neighbors are wonderful, and there are hundreds of strangers right now who, without even knowing us, wanted to pitch in and help.
“None of us are well-off in this neighborhood, but it takes a village and my village wanted to do anything and everything to help.”
Fadden also reached out to Target, and much to her surprise, the company decided that it would chip in, too. It sent her a brand new crib to replace the missing one. According to KARE, UPS corporate will also be sending Fadden a $200 check for the inconvenience.
“Target is sending me a new crib, no questions asked, … and UPS corporate got back to me and will be speaking with local UPS about this,” she posted on a local Facebook page. “The point is, y’all in NoMi have rallied together for a pregnant lady you don’t even know and I’m lucky to live in a community that cares so much.”
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