In the past week there have been 2 cases of road rage here. One ending in a death, and a mother and son shot. That said maybe I was not wise to open both barrels today, BUT.. I came out of the chinese restaurant to find a car parked next to me with the engine running and a child, about 2 maybe, in a car seat in the back. I was going to to pull out, and said to myself.."no I can't leave." Lord knows when the mother or father will be back! I could see some ladies in the beauty shop pointing at the car, so I knew others had noticed as well.
I started to go into the shop, when i saw a man walking twoard the car, and then get in. I said to him.."you're lucky, I was just about to call the police,what a stupid thing for you to do"
Rather than being apologetic or contrite, he became defensive, and did not address, the problem, which I saw as wrong, he just ignored it.
When he pulled out, for whatever reason I took his plate number..he then pulled back into the spot, and said "you took my plate #, good luck with that I'm a cop...[ ya right ]
"I said shame on you twice then!" He also went on to say his wife was right across the lot in a pickup, watching the car.... [ ya right again! ] I think, he doth protest too much! He lingered in the lot as I drove on to other errands..Watch, he is a cop, ran my plate, and I will be sleeping with the fishes I could NOT have said NOTHING! This was my OY for the day!
I bet every one of you would have said something too!
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I have run into a Diamond Shamrock to get a newspaper and left my car running I never took my eyes off my kids mainly because it is dam hot during the summer in Texas so if you turn off the air conditioner for we will say three minutes that could do some damage to a child.
In the time it takes you to run in and get a newspaper, whether or not you have your eyes on your kids, someone could distract you, while someone else (their partner in crime) steals your car and kids. Not a smart thing to do.
Trip - I agree with you IT WAS HORRIBLE for the kid to be left in car. My son gets so mad when I make him go in places with me... he says I'LL SIT IN THE CAR... I say NO IT IS AGAINST THE LAW !! (he is 15) so he huffs & puffs but gets out in the end.
One thing drives me nuts too, is animals in cars AND in the back of pickups... in TEXAS with 110 degrees in the shade a dog in the back of a pickup on a METAL bed has NOWHERE to hide from the scorching heat.... some people dont deserve kids or even animals for that matter. my 2 cents.
Trip, you definitely did the right thing speaking up.....if he was a cop then I'm a size 2!
And not to tell you how to be a parent, OU, but I couldn't leave my kids in a running car no matter how many eyes were watching. I know it's a pain to take them in with you but it only takes a second for someone to take off with your car and your kids.
We had a case of road rage here in Payson on Monday. One person was shot at from a P/U that was following. No one was hurt or killed, thank goodness!!! Payson PD, Gila County Sheriff's Office and Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol) all got together and were able to stop and arrest the shooter, a 21 yr old male. In the cab of the P/U they found empty shell casings fired from a 38-caliber automatic handgun. The handgun was hidden under a tray in the console of the vehicle. Other items found included a high-powered rifle a compound bow and drug paraphernalia.
All I can say is that all three law enforcement agencies did a great job!!!!
You did the right thing. I would have spoken up. I've done the same thing for a dog in a car. With similar results
A few years ago Betty did call the police on one person who had a dog locked in his car. The dog was clearly under distress. The police had to break into his car when they were unable to get in with a jimmy stick. He came as they were getting the dog out. He said he was going to sue the police. He should have been cited with a $500 fine. I don't know if he was.
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You GO Girl!!! You did the right thing.People like him should not have children.
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As a parent of 2 small(under 12) kids I wholeheartedly agree with you. I'm the mom at the school bus stop standing in the middle of the road to make sure the kids get across(11-12-13 year olds) Alot of parents do not have a clie. Now, I will also admit that at certain spots such as daycare, I do leave van running but can lock car with remote
It is not the easiest thing in the world to take the kids out of the car at every stop and bring them along. In and out of the carseats and boosters over and over sometimes. But, even this old Papa can do it and you bet I do.
It was a stupid thing for him to do. Perhaps you should still report it.
If he was a cop in my book it just makes him twice as wrong.
Never should a child be elft alone in the car.And off course not with the keys in the ignition, running. I always take my car keys with me and my kids are 14!!! If the child is smaller take her/him with you.
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I willing to bet my career that he is not a police officer or law enforcement official.As a law enforcment officer i would be ashamed if i did something that stupid and then tryed to cover it up by saying i was a police officer. He used that as a way of blowing smoke into your eye's, Little does he know that stating that he's a law enforcment official and not beeing one is against the law. go ahead and forward me that information and im gonna get to the bottom of this when i get back from vacation.. If he's stating he's a police officer to random people in random places, it sounds very suspicious and could be lead to other crimes / impersonation attempts.
Leaving kids/animals in a car is just terrible and cold hearted, we had a case a few years back where a mother left her two kids in the car, one decided to play "driver" and get into the driver's seat the child was able to shift the vehicle from park to Neutral, The minivan in which the two kids were in coasted back into a intersection and was t-boned by an oncoming vehicle. The kids were hurt but non-life threathing injury's, the mother was arrested for the obvious.. i think she will think twice about leaving the kids in the car again.
We had another case where a father left his child in the car running. And the child was able to step on the Window control button. which then crushed the childs neck between the closing window and the door fram of the vehicle. the Child was pronounced dead at the scene. Very very sad case. which could have been prevented.
you did the right thing trip. good for you. you wont be sleeping with the fishes its freedom of speech.
you have any future problems with that bozo let me know.
Weve had two stolen cars with children left in them in the last couple of years. Cars were left running with infants in the back and what do you know they get stolen. The kids were recovered later TOK.
Some people are just to thick to deserve children or cars for that matter .
I do think you should send zr2_Thunder the license plate and see if he can help. If that man left his child in the car once and didn't care, HE WILL DO IT AGAIN - and maybe next time a caring citizen won't be around to help.
I have a lock for my car but someone could put a gun in my face and steal my car the same way. Really Trip I believe it is none of your business to tell people how to raise their children. I am sure if I went to your home I could tell you several things I didn't like about how you raise your children
This has nothing to do with HOW anyone is raising their children. This has to do with having the children around to raise and their safety. I have worked with children all day for the last 16 years and know that a child can get into mischief or worse in the blink of an eye.
Gee Tex, YOU were the only disenting person in this thread .Admittedly, you posted you leave your kid in the car..I told this man nothing of the kind, What I told him, was, how stupid to leave a kid in the car,I would tell you the same. Sorry if you disagree.
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Trip I don't believe anyone has the right to tell someone what to do with their kids. If he had left the kids in the car without the air on yes that might be different they could die. If he didn't have a child in the proper child restraint than that could be different also. I had someone tell me I should get a mexican lady over here on a temporary stay to take care of my kids while my wife and I work so we could save money....NOT there have been to many stories about kids being killed while in the hands of a nanny. I have had people tell me if you spank your kids they will grow up violent. I am raising my kids nobody else so stay out of my business.
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If the air is on, the car is running. Someone could take off with the car whether the doors are locked or not .
Kids can get themselves out of child seats very easily, which could be a problem if the car is running (yeah, I know cars now adays need to have the brake pedal engaged for the car to shift gears but if the child was on the floor, sitting on the brake and reached up and grabbed the shift. Well, there goes the car and child on a great ride.) Or as they are getting themselves out of their seats, they could get tangled in the straps.
Kids have also been killed at the hands of their own parents, siblings, other relatives, at school, etc. Are you going to just blame nannies? As an in home daycare provider, I take offense to that remark.
I will assume by your statement about spanking, that you feel it is okay to spank a child as long as it doesn't make them grow up violent. How do you know how they will turn out? What if they do turn out violent? Guess we can blame the parents who spanked their kids!
I am sorry to anyone who thinks my remarks are harsh, offensive or abusive but children are my work. I take the care, upbringing and safety of children to heart. I have seen too many children, to me 1 is too many, destroyed by the stupidity of people who claim to love them. Also if this post needs to be deleted, I fully understand. Again I apoligize.
Did this road rage happen here in New England? Thought I heard this on the news this past week. Sad stories. By this so called cops reaction, just goes to show you that child abuse is done many different ways, by any type of people. God be with the little one!