Woman at Staples: Not Shoplifting, Just Pregnant With Twins

A manager at an office supply store in North Carolina has been fired after a pregnant woman shopping there was confronted about what she was concealing beneath her shirt: "Twins," she said. 

Sherell Bates tells WSOC-TV she was paying for back-to-school supplies Friday when a police officer had her step aside and explain what was under her shirt. 

Bates says she responded that she's 34 weeks pregnant with a boy and a girl, but he didn't believe her. So she lifted up her shirt to expose her belly. 

Staples says the manager apologized and her purchases were refunded. 

Says Bates: "No mom should have to go through that.'' 

Staples subsequently said in a statement Monday that the manager of the Pineville store "did not follow correct protocol'' and was fired.

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