I was standing in line at Starbucks this morning when a teeny little girl (3, maybe 4) shoved past me and filled her arms with water bottles from the refrigerator cabinet thingy, then toddled back to her mom. It was sort of busy and no one except me, victim of a body check, noticed what was going on. Little girl got to her mom and handed her the water bottles. Mom casually put them in a Starbucks bag she had right there, and the two got up and left.
I experienced a lot of pretty fucked up stuff as a kid but wow. Stealing food is one thing, I would have probably assumed they were food insecure (though they gave off plenty of middle class signifiers) and felt empathy, but Starbucks will give you water for free. It made me so sad what that little girl is apparently being groomed for.