A six-year-old Australian boy with the sweetest intentions gave his parents the ultimate scare on Sunday when he let himself out of the house and rode his bike some two miles to a local store in hopes of buying a Mother’s Day gift for his mom.
Armed with 40 cents in his pocket, the little boy named Raith used a chair and mop handle to unlatch the door of his family’s home before cycling along a series of busy roads to Aldi, a discount market chain in Australia, to purchase a television. He made it safely to the store and wandered around for about 30 minutes before being noticed by a manager.
In the meantime, his frantic parents called the police after realizing the house was unusually quiet and Raith, who has autism, was nowhere to be found.
“That was probably my panic moment, just not knowing where he could have gone or what he was doing,” his mother, Stacey Barlow, told 9 News. “I just automatically went to the worst.”
After asking the boy a few questions about why he was shopping alone, the Aldi manager began to walk Raith home before ultimately deciding to call the police from another shop just down the street. Raith was then reunited with his family.
“Honestly, there’s nothing we can say to thank them,” Barlow said of store manager. “We’ve been very, very lucky… [Raith’s] heart was in the right place, but it’s scary to think he could just take off and do that.”
When asked why he wished to buy his mom a TV for Mother’s Day, the boy’s answer was simple.
“Because she [has] never had one,” he said. “I love my mum.”
(H/T: The Age)
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