By Letter to the Editor
Published October 11, 2013
At 11:30 PM on Friday, October 4, my daughter-in-law was mugged by two teenagers at the entrance to Eastgate Square near the LCBO.
She was on her way home from work, walking alone to catch her bus. One teenager on a BMX bicycle stopped beside her to ask where Greenhill Road is. As she pointed, the other one came up behind her on foot, knocked her down and snatched her purse. They ran/rode quickly away, and the police have not yet been able to identify them.
She is forced to walk such a long distance late at night from the new location of the Walmart store at 510 Centennial Parkway North, where she is employed, to Eastgate Square in order to catch a bus.
The city bus service ends at 6:00 PM for the Walmart location, although the store is open seven nights a week until 11:00 PM. She has no choice but to walk alone because her hours of work are planned around her husband's work schedule, so one of them is always able to be home with their one-year-old son, she does not drive and the baby is sleeping at this late hour. (She didn't want the baby disturbed and put into the car at 11:00 PM so her husband could come and pick her up). A babysitter is not in the budget for this young family, nor is taking a cab. As with a lot of young families, both parents need to work.
Since this traumatic event, she is fearful of walking alone and they have had to make the decision to disturb and wake their young son on the nights she works late, take him out of his warm bed, put him in the car, so her husband can ensure her safety by picking her up.
It is sad and maddening that this baby will now experience constant interrupted sleep, and a young family now lives in fear of their personal safety, due to the despicable actions of the two teenage thugs who attacked and stole from this young working mother.
But the accountability for this crime should also be shared by the City of Hamilton, which does not supply adequate bus service to populated areas, and the Walmart company, which knowingly discontinued their shuttle service for employees to Eastgate Square not long after their grand opening.
In today's society, why is it always about saving money rather than ensuring the safety of and caring about our fellow citizens, employees, and the general public?
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