(Left: the correct child. Right: the incorrect child. WIST 10 News)
Joseph Fuller of Orangeburg County, South Carolina went to his grandson's elementary school to pick him up. He saw a child who was close enough, hugged him, signed him out in the school office, and took him home.
There was just one problem: it was the wrong kid. KPLC 7 News reports:
The report said the grandfather approached the boy, gave him a hug, and said he was there to pick him up early. He asked the boy, who he thought was his grandson, if he was ready to go and the little boy said "yes." A teacher's assistant told deputies that she asked the student, "Was this your granddad?" and the student said "yes."
At that point, the report said, the student and the man went to the front office so the boy could be signed out. According to the school, the grandfather was on the approved list of people who can pick up students.
The report goes on to say the grandfather put the child in his car and his wife, without turning around in the car, handed the boy a Happy Meal.
When they got back to the grandfather's home, the resident grandmother noted that the little boy was not theirs:
"He had a tooth missing in the front, and I know my grandson did not have a tooth missing in the front," Fuller said. "Immediately, I brought him back to school, and I am very sorry."
-via Dave Barry