COLMA, Calif. — A California woman was attacked outside a Nordstrom Rack store after telling a mother to quiet her screaming child.
Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson told KPIX she was punched in the face after telling the mother to quiet down her child, who was throwing a tantrum inside the store.
Hajek-Richardson was checking out when the child, under 6 years old, began throwing a loud tantrum.
“It didn’t bother me that the child was throwing the tantrum, but the volume was very loud, it was hurting my ears,” she said.
Hajek-Richardson said she asked the child’s mother to quiet the child down.
“She came to the side of me and told me not to tell her child what to do. And I told her that I didn’t ask your child what to do, I asked you very nicely to calm down your child just a little bit,” she said.
Hajek-Richardson then apparently got into a heated exchange with the mother.
Hajek-Richardson said she then told the mom off. “I told her to go to hell and she told me I’ll see you there,” she said.
When Hajek-Richardson left the store, the mother apparently followed her to her car where the two again exchanged words.
“She was asking me, ‘Where’d you tell me to go?’ So I repeated again what I said to her, and I told her that I told her to go to hell,” she said.
The surveillance video shows the woman, wearing a red shirt, walking toward Hajek-Richardson prior to the attack.
Hajek-Richardson claims she was punched twice in the face. Police are still working to identify the woman in the video.