Parenthood
Employee with autism races to save baby after mom’s cart rolls away in parking lot
The mom didn't even notice that her baby was rolling away in the cart towards traffic. Luckily, one fast-acting grocery worker did.
Patricia Lynn
12.14.21

Many would say that being a mom or dad is the biggest job you could have. But while it’s important to be on top of your duties at all points – let’s face it, there are no perfect parents.

Especially when you’re juggling looking after more than one child at the same time, it’s incredibly easy for things to slip your mind.

Moms are superheroes – but sometimes, even superheroes make mistakes. Luckily, there are kind strangers out there that will help save the day when it’s needed.

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When one mom from Alton, St Louis, was unloading her groceries into her car outside Schnucks, the unthinkable happened.

As she concentrated on buckling one of her child’s seatbelts in the car, the shopping cart which her other child was still sitting in began to roll away from her.

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Unbeknownst to the mom, the cart was picking up speed- and heading for traffic.

The situation could have ended very badly, if it hadn’t been for Schnucks employee 24-year-old Benjamin Mazur.

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Benjamin, who is in charge of sorting the carts, was out in the parking lot when he spotted the runaway cart with the toddler.

“All of a sudden this cart that had a baby in it was rolling down the hill,” He told FOX 2 St. Louis. “So I stopped what I was doing, jumped into action, and saved the baby.”

The local hero was able to reach the cart in time, preventing what could have been a very nasty accident.

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Although we’re given no further information about the mom, we’re sure that she was incredibly grateful that Benjamin had been able to step in and help her baby.

Likely, it’s a scary moment that she’ll replay in her mind over and over again.

Benjamin was honored by Mayor Brant Walker for his amazing heroism, surprising him with a proclamation naming May 5th as Ben Mazur day in the city of Alton.

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As this day was also coincidentally Ben’s birthday, he was especially chuffed with the proclamation.

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Apparently, Ben, who has autism, had dreamed of working at Schnucks for a long time. With a little help from Challenge Unlimited, a company that helps people with disabilities get jobs, he was finally able to secure his dream job.

“Schnucks was actually his dream job, so it was a big deal when he got hired there,” Jiuana Evans, an employee at Challenge Unlimited said.

Speaking about his heroic actions, Juiana added, “I wasn’t surprised, because I feel like it’s Ben- but it just made me feel so good. He’s outstanding, and I know that he’s going to continue to do great things.”

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A group of Ben’s colleagues, family, and friends showed up for his proclamation, proving just how popular he is.

After he received his special award from the mayor, the whole group sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Ben, who couldn’t keep the proud smile off his face.

“Any time you find someone that’s put in as much work and time and effort as Ben has done, to go through Challenge Unlimited, to being enrolled at the community college to working at Schnucks- he’s just a fantastic individual and it’s an honor and a pleasure to honor someone like Ben on his birthday of all days,” Mayor Brant Walker said.

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This story could have had a completely different ending if not for Ben’s heroic actions. It’s also a reminder to be very careful loading up your car in the parking lot, especially when little ones are involved.

Press play below to hear Ben talk about what happened that day!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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