A mother who had recently moved to South Carolina from Ohio couldn’t believe what she heard while she was shopping at a grocery store on Sunday.
“You’re under arrest,” Danielle Wolf was told by a North Augusta Public Safety officer, according to WJBF-TV.
Her offense? She said the F-word in front of her kids. But the fact that the mother of two was arrested for this four-letter word isn’t the only surprising part of the story. Later, the woman who called the cops on Wolf ended up apologizing.
According to the police report, Wolf was formally issued a citation for disorderly conduct.
The news station reported that the authorities were called in by someone who overheard Wolf use the curse word.
“She’s like, ‘you said the F-word’, and I’m like, ‘when did I say this to my kids?” Wolf told WJBF.
The incident report stated, more specifically, that this female witness heard Wolf yell “stop squishing the f***ing bread,” to her children. Wolf clarified to the news station that this was something she said to her husband, not her children.
Still, why did this word send Wolf in handcuffs to booking?
WJBF explained that in North Augusta, disorderly conduct can include incidents where someone “while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, [uses] any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets.”
Watch WJBF’s report:
The woman who initially told police she would testify in court against the woman later changed her tune, saying she didn’t want her arrested. Wolf still was taken in though. According to WAGT-TV, the woman later called Wolf to apologize.
“I am glad that we have the opportunity to speak, because I want you to understand that I was so upset … it’s me having been abused and going through my own abuse …when I heard the language, it sort of triggered that,” the woman told Wolf over the phone. “It just took me back to a very, very hard time, and nobody stood up for me. And I wanted you to know that no matter who it is that I see saying anything inappropriate to your girls, I would stand up for them.”
The woman clarified that she isn’t accusing Wolf of being abusive to her children but said that hearing the swear word triggered her own memories of abuse and drove her to respond.
“I apologize for getting into your business and being so, I guess, adamant about…,” the woman continued, trailing off. “I definitely hate that they put you in a police car.”
Wolf, in turn, apologized to the other woman as well, saying that at the time she wasn’t thinking about who she could hurt by what she said.
“But I can assure you that I will never say that word out in public again. I will never say it to my children. I will never say it to my husband again,” Wolf said.
Watch WAGT’s report to hear the woman’s apology:
Ultimately, on the call Wolf told the woman that they just have to “move on with their lives.”
“It happened, it’s over, it’s done with. Now we just have to see the end result and try to make things better,” Wolf said.
Wolf will appear in court in September.