Ok, this may not be as creepy to anyone else but being in the moment and seeing this go down, it was extremely unsettling.
A few years ago my best friend and college roommate were grocery shopping. We worked weird hours so we usually ended up going extremely late at night or in the wee hours of morning.
This particular time was during the summer.
My buddy Taylor and I were both 21 at the time and were video game nerds so before getting the essentials we stopped in the electronics section of Wal-Mart to look at video games and whatnot.
While we browsed, a young boy came up and just randomly started talking to us. He was about five years old.
After, a few minutes another guy about our age came up and asked the boy if he was ready to go. The boy looked extremely puzzled but replied "yes sir".
They walked away but taylor and I didn't have a good vibe about this dude. Something was off.
At this point I think it's fair to mention that the guy our age was white and the young kid was black.
Taylor and I went to make sure that the young kid was alright and we didn't make it far when a middle-aged black lady approached us and said she was looking for her son.
We explained what we had just witnessed to the woman and told her we would try to help find him. She said there was no other person with them.
She had gone to the bathroom and the boy apparently wandered off. We walked to the front of the store to talk to security and the weird dude and the little boy were walking out the door.
Taylor and I caught up and confronted him, told the boy his mom was looking for him. Weird Guy then went on to say he was helping the boy find his parents.
Odd considering back in the store he acted as if he knew the kid.
We assured the boy and Weird Guy that we knew where the mom was and when we mentioned that, he became extremely uncomfortable and fidgety.
We took little guy back to his mom then gave a report to security because this was obviously beyond odd.
Taylor is a police officer now, but at the time he worked as a guard at the county jail a few nights a week. Not even a month after this incident, Taylor sent me a screenshot of a mugshot.
It was that same weird guy from Wal-Mart and his charge was indecency with a child and possession of child pornography.
Taylor said that the dude was brought in on his shift and he immediately recognized the creep.
I know it seems like a stupid story but it makes me feel uneasy thinking about what could've happened to that kid if we wouldn't have been there.