Donations Pour in for Young Mother Arrested for Stealing Milk


After news media reported the story of a young mother arrested for stealing baby formula and moisturizer for her newborn twins, readers contacted the police station involved and started to send donations. While some online criticized giving handouts to reward the mother’s bad behavior, the majority of comments sympathized with her difficult financial situation and devotion to her children.

From Yonhap:

People pitch in to help the mother of twins who was arrested for stealing baby products

Ever since a story came to light about a young mother being arrested for stealing baby products, readers have started to look for ways to help her.

According to Ulsan Jungbu Police Station, at about 1 P.M. on June 21 they received a phone call.

The caller, a woman living in Ulsan, said, ‘I saw the news about this poor mother. I was hoping I could send her money, at least enough for some milk powder. How can I help her?’

The police officer who was in charge of this case let her know the phone number of Taehwa-dong’s community center rather than releasing the mother’s mobile phone number. The woman is temporarily living in Taewha-dong, Ulsan, with her husband.

The woman who called the police station immediately called the community center to find out ways to help the young mother. The community center let her know the bank account number of one of twins.

People from not only Ulsan city but also from other areas have expressed their desire to help the mother.

Ms. Min, a Gyeonggi Province resident who also has twins, said, ‘Since my kids have grown up a lot, I want to send her my kids’ old clothes. I feel like I can understand why she did what she did.’

Ms. Jeong, a Jeollanam Province resident who has four kids, also said, ‘Baby good are so expensive, so much so that you cannot buy anything even with 100,000 won, (approx. USD $90). As a mom who is in the same position of raising children, I want to help her, although I cannot give her a lot of money.’

Even though there has been some criticism of the mother for stealing, a majority of the online reaction is supportive of her and her husband.

On the day of the original crime, June 16, the mother of the twins, surnamed Kim, was spotted by security guards at a discount outlet in the city of Ulsan at 3 P.M. The guards detained the woman after she put baby products, including milk powder and baby moisturizer, that had a total value of 100,000 won, (approx. USD $90) into her purse and leave the store without paying.

At that time, Ms. Kim had only 30,000 won (approx. USD $25) in her possession. According to reports, Kim met her 20-year-old husband last year and gave birth to her twins early this year. It was reported that they didn’t have any regular jobs, are suffering from financial difficulties, and didn’t even have a wedding ceremony.

According to the police and Kim’s neighbors, Kim and her husband are not in a position to get financial help from their families because they are also struggling with financial difficulties.

The police officer, who is in charge of Kim’s case, said, ‘Kim’s husband recently has started work as a day laborer.’

Comments from Naver:


I think she is a better person than those who just have an abortion. Stealing something is bad, but at least she knows the value of human life. It’s good to know her husband is working now even though it’s only day labor. I’m about to have my third child and a lot of money is required to raise children. What with vaccination, clothes, insurance, etc. It seems like it’s time for her twins to start having baby food, and baby food is really expensive.


She must be having a really hard time with her twins. Those who are willing to help her are wonderful! I respect them.


Stealing is bad. But, I feel relieved to hear that people are trying to help her. It could be really hard to raise babies.


The fact that it costs double to raise twins might make her suffer more. I know stealing is bad, but somehow I feel sorry for her. Why doesn’t she find another way to take care of her twins besides stealing?


I feel sorry for her. I think I would also steal for my parents and babies. Then, I can get some help from people as well.


If you have to say something bad about her and her husband, you are a heartless person. Can you imagine how miserable they are? If there is a god out there, he wouldn’t have given them twins.


What a whore. The only thing she can do is stealing or waiting for other people to help her?


Even having one child is really tiring..but twins, ㅠㅠ Cheer up.


I feel so sorry for this young couple trying their best to raise their babies. I believe there was no other choice for them at that time. I want to lend them a hand rather than blame them. I hope they will work hard and raise their babies well. I feel bad that Korea’s welfare system is so poor that people like them have to suffer.


The twins will become social workers and the head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare ^^


I have three kids and raising babies is no joke. You can understand it only when you have a baby. A young mom with twins, and both are male. I’m sure it’s not easy to raise them. Don’t give up, raise them well.


Here come a bunch of people with law-abiding spirit. Listen, people who are blaming her, don’t you feel sorry for her struggling? You do your thing and let her take care of herself.


No man is infallible. I feel more sad after I saw the comments here blaming her. I wonder whether those people blaming her are so perfect themselvse.


20 years old? She is an adult. And she even has a husband. What was her husband doing? Why do people want to help them? He can work. Isn’t it easy? The husband can work while she is taking care of the babies at home. They are not teenagers and not disabled. I just can’t understand it.


Isn’t Korea some kind of communist country where people don’t have a right to have an abortion? We must give birth even if someone got pregnant by mistake. How can this not be a social problem?!

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  • lonetrey / Dan

    The donations is a kind thing to do, but I certainly hope no one else tries to mimic the situation. Especially moreso if they don’t even need it.

    Aside from that, it’s nice seeing a mother get aid when she actually needs it, Married and unexpected twins along with poor relatives who can’t aid them, it’s good that help is going to where it’s best used.

  • I kind of wish there were most comments about Korea’s welfare system… honestly, I felt sorry for the young mother myself. Raising babies is tough, and everything costs so much money. It’s ridiculous. I can understand why the mother stole.
    I’m glad that she got the help she needed. It’s nice to see such a warm gesture

    • ee

      Korea’s welfare system is not bad. but they dont only give money to the people who are young and can work……and as you read, the community center is helping her.

      • Thanks for letting me know

    • Brett

      I think Korea gives 200,000 won each month to parents until a baby is almost 3 years old. Supermarkets have booklets with coupons for things couples with children would need to buy.

      • Really? Wow.

      • ksharp7

        Unemployment is high especially for those in their teens and twenties. Since they have twins they may qualify for those discounts. Those cans don’t last that long. I really don’t know that $200 is enough to buy formula and diapers for a baby? Home plus korea has an awful lot of formula cans priced at $50 and higher. They don’t last a month with one baby. The mother didn’t steal cigarettes. She stole baby formula. Was the community center helping her before this happened? I think it is nice people have volunteered to be helpful to them. It is not usual for a couple to have a child so young. It is very possible they didn’t know of any helps available. What about his military service? Has he gone in yet?

  • jon776

    Korea needs to implement a proper welfare system. The US too. No one should ever go hungry or be homeless.

    • The Enlightened One

      I agree we are in 2013 here. We should be colonizing mars and have robots and flying cars and shit… and people still don’t have enough to eat and not enough jobs?

      What a disappointment!

      • gangnamstyke

        i blame all of that on white people

        • The Enlightened One

          And I blame you. Yes, you. You are the reason why we don’t have robots, or proper welfare in the world, or colonized Mars, cancer… EVERYTHING! You did it!

      • markus peg

        Its funny that you said that, i watched back to the future the other day and the future is 2015, with flying cars and hover boards…

        • pingu777


  • RegisterToPost

    What happened to breastfeeding?

    • gangnamstyke

      asian titties r too small, not enough milk son

      • YourSupremeCommander

        You have been sucking on the wrong pair of Asian titties son.

        • Mighty曹

          He was referring to Asian cats and dogs.

          • YourSupremeCommander

            Maybe he was referring to sucking on an Asian guy’s titties… so he’s right then.

          • Mighty曹

            Hahaha… but I still think he’s into bestiality.

          • harvz

            Oh wow the same tit for tat elementary school insults as seen on CS. You guys are so funny.

          • gangnamstyke

            hahaha i just stated what i believe to be fact, theyre the childish ones,,

          • YourSupremeCommander

            nobody cares what you believe.

          • gangnamstyke

            you cared enough to respond

          • mr.wiener

            I think you might be mistaking “responding” for “caring”.

          • gangnamstyke

            screw you asshole, why did u ban me from cs?

          • mr.wiener


          • Mighty曹

            Who’s the childish prick going around saying “dumb fuck” and “stupid fuck” to other people? Ahhh….. ha..ha..

          • gangnamstyke

            never knew swearing is childish,scroll up a little and youll see whos the 5 year old talking about beastiality and sucking and cats and dogs nipples

          • Mighty曹

            There’s nothing childish in saying what you do to animals. Bestiality is no child play.

          • Mighty曹

            You don’t engage in ‘tit for tat’? And if you did you think it was done on a higher level of the educational system?

      • Mighty曹

        Stop sucking your neighbor’s cat’s breasts.

        • gangnamstyke

          u so funnyyyyy

  • YourSupremeCommander

    If you can’t afford to buy fuckin formula, WTF did you get pregnant? You do know that, there are much much higher costly items in the kids’ future right? Things like medical bills, tuitions, housing……., right?

    • Yui


    • gangnamstyke

      i agree, whoever down voted this is an asshole,

  • The Enlightened One

    People make mistakes when they are young. Don’t talk like you haven’t done something stupid because we all have!

    • gangnamstyke

      i can say i have never done anything stupid,, so fuck you

      • The Enlightened One

        You just did, moron!

  • takasar1

    “Isn’t Korea some kind of communist country where people don’t have a right to have an abortion?”. do koreans not understand what communism/socialism is??? this guy seems so brainwashed by hatred of the north that he has no idea what these terms mean.

    • Brett

      I believe he was criticizing the left-leaning people. This poster isn’t confusing “communism” with “socialism”.

  • She was probably desperate… great job to the people helping her

  • bang2tang

    I don’t get it, breast milk safer + free + designed for human better than formula.
    Maybe her breast not produce enough milk or cannot produce milk at all.

  • demure guy

    im happy to note that most comments are positive..i mean, im not pro-stealing but I’d rather steal than watch my kid starve to death

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