INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis step-mother used a very public punishment method for her two children Tuesday, after she says they stole a gift card from her.
Natashia Scott and two of her school-age children were standing alongside 38 th and Michigan Road Tuesday evening.
Her two children were holding homemade signs, one that read, "I am a thief. I stole from my mother and family. I can't be trusted. If you see me on the streets, watch out because I am a thief."
The other read, "I am a [n] accomplice to a thief! I help spend stolen money from my step mom. Don't trust me! If you see me on the streets go the other way because I will help get you."
"This is their punishment, because I refuse to let them fall victim to the streets," said Scott. She stands right next to them on the sidewalk, watching the whole thing. "I didn't want to beat them, so now they get to sit and stand out here on 38 th Street and let everybody know what they did."
She also explained what led her to this unusual punishment.
"I had obtained a gift card from my job for going over and beyond, and on Friday they decided to steal it , and go to the gas station and Dairy Queen. So on Saturday, when I went to use it and pay my gas bill, because that's what I was going to use it for, it was gone."
Some drivers stopped, others drove past.
Scott says she wants her kids to be better than that. We asked her kids about that.
"Yeah I learned my lesson. Standing out here for a long time, then I gotta hold this… everybody just looking at me weird. I don't want to do that again," said one.
"I don't want to be out here again, for the same reason, or another reason…. I want to do better," said another.
We asked police if this is legal to do. An IMPD spokesperson said as long as they weren't in danger, he's not aware of any laws against this.
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