Received Wednesday, November 19, 2008.
I witnessed a nanny on child encounter this afternoon at fifteen thirty five (3:35pm). The location; the largest of the playgrounds at the Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. The nanny, an African American female dressed in a grey ATL hoodie, blue jeans and black sneakers between 5 foot 5 and five foot 7 and between 27 and 31 years of age. Her weight was proportionate to her height and she had no distinguishing marks or characteristics other than many fine, small moles that grew around her nose, resembling freckles.
The child was an auburn haired, Caucasian female of approximately 3 - 3 1/2 years of age, dressed in a forest green, corduroy pinafore over a flowed shirt and she had a mixed floral jacket tied around her waist.
The nanny was snacking on Frito potato chips that she had peeking out the top of a taupe, non-descript canvas tote bag. When the nanny left the area of the bench, the girl approached the bench and bag and reached in and grabbed what must have been a handful of fritos. The nanny smacked the girl's hand once or twice and her forearm twice (as the girl was pulling her arm away).
No explanation was provided as to why the child was not allowed to have the snacks, in fact no words were exchanged at all. The child sulked away and hid by a tree where she cried before rebounding and joining a pair of girls on the climbing apparatus.
Side note: No one would ever, ever lay a hand on MY child and so as a parent, I would not accept any explanation for this behavior.