An Australian woman panicked when
she thought she spotted a stranger taking a photo of her children while she was shopping at
Target. She quickly snapped a photo of him, alerted the police and posted the
photo on Facebook, describing him as a "creep" and warning other parents to
Turns out, though, it was a mistake.
The post was shared thousands of times, and one of the viewers alerted
the man in question, who defended himself by sharing that he was simply taking a
selfie in front of a "Star Wars" display to send to his own children.
A day later, the accuser, who asked
to remain anonymous, offered a tearful apology to the Knox Leader newspaper in Melbourne, Australia,
explaining, "I just need to say sorry ... for not letting (the police) do their
job, and putting my concerns on social media," she told the local paper.
"My children are going through an enormous amount of pain (because of
this), and I hate to think what (the man) and his family are going
The man immediately
went to the police department and explained that he was taking a selfie in
front of a display of Darth Vader for his teenage and adult children, who are
huge fans of the "Star Wars" series. The police checked his phone and allowed him
He spoke with the Daily Mail
Australia, under the condition of anonymity and said, "I was just
flabbergasted at this stage that my photo is on Facebook with an allegation
I've been speaking to children and taking children's photos,"
that due to death threats he is considering legal action against the woman.
thousand times over I wish I could just take it back," the woman told the
Knox Leader. "I think the biggest lesson out of it all is not to post
anything that could hurt anybody on any media."