'Cultural difference' gives neighbors a scare in Greenfield - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

'Cultural difference' gives neighbors a scare in Greenfield

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GREENFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Authorities asked Greenfield residents to be on the lookout for a man who was seen giving out crackers to young children Tuesday morning; however, Greenfield police called it a "cultural difference" Tuesday night.

Greenfield police alerted residents with a Facebook post around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told police that they saw a man in a white, hatchback car with a yellow, white, and blue striped license plate who was reportedly giving crackers to kids.  Those crackers, according to police, were prepackaged "Want Want Sen Bei" rice crackers.

Sgt. Jason Haskins told Western Mass News that the incident was a false alarm. The complainant called police back and said the people who were giving out the crackers were visiting their neighbors. 

The complainant told police that when someone approached the two people inside the hatchback, the car sped away. A woman was also inside the car. 

No crime was committed and none of the children were hurt, but police said they wanted the chance to interview the man and woman in the car in their Facebook post Tuesday morning. 

Greenfield police also urged parents to talk to their children about the dangers of strangers. 

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