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I'm at work and some woman comes in... she wants to know if there are any customers in the shop. It turns out some idiot left her little three year old (I'm guessing) in the car and this woman is looking for the parent. She finally located the mom right when we were about to call the police. Of course the mom looked all pissed that we made a big deal about her neglecting her child. Idiot.
 

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What the heck is wrong with people these days?! You'd think most people know better than to leave their dog in the car - but their own children?! My goodness... I probably would've called child services on that b*tch.
 

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When I was younger (of course, older than 3...), I refused to go places where I knew there would be a lot of people, and I would insist on staying in the car, no matter how much my mom begged, pleaded, or threatened me. People always assumed my mom was neglecting me...
 

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Last summer I was working in a car park opposite a big market. A woman parked her car across the entrance of the car park, almost blocking it, and then ran across the road to get some shopping. Leaving her toddler kiddie standing on the back seat of the car. And the keys were in the ignition. I was so so tempted to drive the car ten miles up the road.
 

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Several months ago as I was walking back to my classroom after school I ran into a parent I had been needing to talk to for a while (she didnt return my phone calls). Turned out she wanted to talk to me too at that moment. So, she & I talked for a while & then her son started saying he needed something he had left in my classroom. So, this mom, her bf, & the kid start walking to the classroom w/me. Suddenly the mom goes, "oh ****! the baby's in the car!" I couldnt believe she had left her baby in the car for all that time & forgotten about her!
 

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I think parents do irrational things when they are stressed out.<br><br>
Who knows what that mother's life is like? I think free nursery school would be a good thing for the country...<br><br><br><br>
I am sure the chance of something happening to a child in a locked car is very remote...but the chance of getting their rear smacked is very great, when they bug Mom at Wal-Mart.<br><br><br><br>
It used to be a NIGHTMARE to shop with my 7, 3 & 1! I don't know what I would have done if I had been a single parent and couldn't shop on the weekend and leave one or two home with "Dad"
 

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It doesn't matter what the mother's life is like. She owes it to her child to be a careful parent.
 

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You might not want it to matter, but it does. How could it not?<br><br>
The mother is who she is...be she poor, single, ignorant or whatever. You might make a law that she can't leave her child in the car alone...but so what? That same mother is with that child every day at home, unsupervised. Just because neglect isn't happening in public view, doesn't mean it is not happening.<br><br><br><br>
Right now I believe it is illegal to leave your child alone in a car, but it is okay to hit them, force them to eat food they don't want, let them watch hour upon hour of t.v., never read to them etc. etc...<br><br><br><br>
All of these are symptoms of poor parenting. Good parenting is a skill. It doesn't simply appear because someone makes a law.
 

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Agreed, it should be a basic parenting thing, or at the very least, basic consideration.<br><br><br><br>
Something to consider:<br><br><br><br>
It is entirely possible that something happens to the woman. She could faint, have an injury, be detained for whatever reason... meanwhile the child is still left inside the car.<br><br><br><br>
And let's not forget the problem of child abduction these days.
 

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This is outrageous, fortunately it sounds like an good samaritan took it upon themselves to report this incident. I especially hate hearing about "children left in the car scenarios" when temps rise. I always put myself in the shoes of the child and I couldn't possibly think of a worse way to die. It rips me apart.
 

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People who leave kids in cars should be locked in a car for a few hours on a hot day (40+C/110+F), and we can all walk by and see them sweating and dehydrating.<br><br><br><br>
It used to be a problem (haven't heard of any recent incidents) at Casinos here, where the gambling-addicted parents would leave kids in cars to go gamble.... little realising how they were gambling with their child's life.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mushroom</i><br><br><b>You might not want it to matter, but it does. How could it not?<br><br>
The mother is who she is...be she poor, single, ignorant or whatever. You might make a law that she can't leave her child in the car alone...but so what? That same mother is with that child every day at home, unsupervised. Just because neglect isn't happening in public view, doesn't mean it is not happening.<br><br><br><br>
Right now I believe it is illegal to leave your child alone in a car, but it is okay to hit them, force them to eat food they don't want, let them watch hour upon hour of t.v., never read to them etc. etc...<br><br><br><br>
All of these are symptoms of poor parenting. Good parenting is a skill. It doesn't simply appear because someone makes a law.</b></div>
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There's no excuse for it... period.<br><br><br><br>
And even if she is being neglectful behind closed doors.. it doesn't mean I'm going to turn my head the other way when I witness it. We were all outside this woman's car keeping an eye on her kid... and she didn't even notice. What if we meant to do harm? She wouldn't have had a clue.
 

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That would be for the authorities to figure out. Either that or we could wait until after her kid is dead, kidnapped, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Are you saying Marie should have sat her down and said "Why did you do this? Tell me what's really bothering you." What exactly is your solution?<br><br><br><br>
I agree, there is no excuse for it. A child is unable to protect themselves - that is the parents responsibility. A child's safety should be more important than even that of the parent.
 

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I think the age of the child, how long she will be gone, and the weather are all relevent. In this case, three years old is clearly too young, but I don't see the harm in a a 10 year old on a not too warm or cold day being left in the car while the mom goes into 711 to buy a gallon of milk.<br><br><br><br>
At an older age I was left in the car a lot. Maybe my mother wouldn't do it now if she had to do over, but she wouldn't have left us in there when it was hot, with the keys in there, or if she thought it was dangerous. I knew not to get out, to honk the horn if I thought there was a problem, not to take the car out of park, etc.<br><br><br><br>
But those people who leave young kids, animals, etc, especially when it is hot or cold infuriate me.
 

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Yea, I consider Marie our own VB resident hero. It's perseptive citizens like Marie that can turn potential life endangering events into a happy outcome.<br><br><br><br>
Great job!!
 
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