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Grocery Store Shopper

Encounter with a stranger scares local parents.

A North Carolina man is behind bars after he reportedly hugged and took selfies with two young girls at a grocery store.

The separate incidents occurred in a Gastonia Food Lion grocery store while the girls were shopping with their parents.

Elid Sanchez-Fuentes, hugged the girls and took selfies with them. Later he again approached one of the girls when she was with her mother, Stacie Carter. Carter says she pulled her daughter back when Sanchez-Fuentes offered her a $20 bill. “He was like, ‘No, no, no. She a kid. She a kid. Give it to her. Give it to her,'” Carter says.

In a video that went viral on Facebook Live, Carter and Christopher Smith — the father of another girl — can be seen confronting Sanchez-Fuentes just before police arrived.

He’s been charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault on a child under 12, police say. Carter says the incident has left her afraid to take her daughter shopping. “Honestly, I told my baby girl, ‘I can’t take you with me,'” she says. “I’m terrified.”

While his actions may have been creepy, did Sanchez-Fuentes actually break the law? Has a stranger ever made you feel uncomfortable?