A mother-of-three was horrified when a man allegedly began yelling abuse at her in the parent room of a shopping centre.

The woman claimed that the ‘older man without children’ walked into the parent room at Westfield Hornsby in northern Sydney without any children and wandered around, shares Daily Mail.

Fryz Lloyd posted the man’s image to Facebook, saying that he began to stare at her three children as they were getting ready to leave.

“I had a horrible experience today. I was in the parent room at Westfield Hornsby with my 3 kids. My kids had been playing with the toys when an older man without children had walked in.

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He wandered around for a bit. I wasn’t watching him exactly but was aware of him. We started getting ready to leave. By this stage the man is just standing there staring at my kids. I asked him what he was doing and he launched into a tirade of abuse at me, threatening violence, name calling etc. a woman from one of the breastfeeding cubicles rushes her kids past me to the door.

I was desperately trying to find the centers phone number on my phone but the reception is crap because the parents room is out of the way deep in the concrete bunker that is Westfield. I called out to the woman as she’s desperately pushing the button for the door to call security. She refused eye contact and bolted with her kids. I realized she wasn’t coming back with help and managed to take this photo of the man. He was spitting he was so animated with aggression. He threatened to kill me, follow me home, if he ever saw me again to dismember me.

One of the other women hiding in the feeding cubicles managed to call security who turned up just after he left.

I called the cops after getting home. I think I was in flight mode just wanting the kids and I to feel safe again.”

She handed the picture in to security, who later called and told her that they escorted the man off the premises.

‘I was really disappointed in their response and care factor for violence towards women and children,’ Lloyd said on Facebook.

Her warning has received over 1000 shares and comments. Please be careful if you are alone in a parents room.

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  • Shocking to have happened.


  • Why didn’t that woman who left at least get security involved. I hope they did more than just escort him off the premises. The police should have been contacted by security and I also think a duress button should be installed


  • our local shopping centre has a distress button maybe they should be standard


  • What a terrifying ordeal! I hope more action is taken, both with better security measures and harsher punishment for the man!


  • They need duress buttons in the parents rooms and bathrooms. I know IKEA has them, if the button gets pressed Security come running.


  • I imagine this would have been a terrifying experience. It sounds like he had some issues and not that his attack was personal, but more random. I know that doesn’t help. I can’t believe one Mum ran out and didn’t get help. Really? There needs to be perhaps a security buzzer or something in parenting rooms. This may help greatly.


  • Nothing so terrifying as danger when you are alone with your kids. We all need to be looking out for each other as well.

    • Sure do! We all need to help and step in when needed to look after each other.


  • This is so horrific and such an awful experience to have no one come to assist a mother and children. Everyone in a community has to come to the aid of anyone that is being bullied and this type of aggression is horrific and must have been so scary. Hope there was more follow up than just the man being escorted from the building.


  • Scary! I wouldn’t know if I had my Bub how to respond


  • Such a horrible position for a mother to be in. Westfields usually have cameras in the toilet halls, I just do not know how help couldn’t assist sooner.


  • Oh my! I don’t understand why that woman in the parent room went away without even calling for help. Didn’t she think that the woman inside was in danger? It was clearly a very stressful situation. Escorting the man out of the premises is no solution at all. He could do it again!!


  • How terrifying to be in that situation. They almost need a panic button in the toilet to get security especially as phone reception is bad.


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