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Woman Leaves Baby As Collateral at Gas Station

December 16, 1989

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) _ A woman who discovered she lacked the cash to pay for $5 worth of gasoline left her baby as collateral with a convenience store clerk and returned with the money an hour later.

″We did everything we could, but this is a store, not a day-care center,″ said Helen Linnell, manager of Brooks Superette. ″We hope it doesn’t happen again.″

The woman apparently discovered she had no checks after pumping the gas on Dec. 5. When the cashier asked for collateral, she fetched the 5-month-old girl from her car, placed the baby on the counter and left.

″The baby began to cry. My cashier didn’t have a lot of experience with babies,″ Linnell said. The cashier tried to feed the baby from a bottle left in the seat, then took a pacifier from the store’s shelf. Neither worked, she said.

The mother returned with a $5 check and left with the baby. Workers at the store contacted the police, who notified authorities. No charges were filed.

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