It probably doesn't take much to tick me off, but yesterday someone really did!
I am trying to get all manner of thing together for my kiddos for while we are apart. Hubby and I leave today for Hollywood and Children's Hospital Los Angeles so that we will be on time for tomorrows surgery on our infant. This puts me in a particularly sensitive mood.
So as we finished up getting some things from our Library and are almost to our car, I notice that the car next to us is running. I look carefully to see if anyone is going to try to back out with out looking first, and notice that there is no one in the driver seat.
Upon further examination, I find that there is a 2 to 4 year old little girl strapped into a car seat, asleep and alone. The car is unlocked, running and (as we find out later) doesn't even have an alarm set to scare anyone off! I was fuming!!!!
I left my Mom in Love with the kiddos and the air running and went back into the library with the licence plate number. This caused a big uproar in the Library staff area, and I was glad not to be the only one outraged! On the way back in I was wondering what could/should be done and if I was just still a tattle tale from my youth.
The police were called, but the careless grandparent as this case was, got there first and left promptly. One of the staff told her "You can't leave a child alone in the car" and she said "I know" got in and left!
I don't know what will happen, if anything. But it is one of the most careless things I have seen!
Not only do several children die each year due to the heat (probably why the car was running) it seems that children are at a greater and greater risk of being abducted, horribly abused and murdered! Why not just give the child away! Leave her alone in a running vehicle, she may be abducted on accident when someone tries to steal the car.
This is a very important issue to consider. Often the responsible party has simply underestimated it's importance. Our kids are precious and it is a small inconvience to skip an errand or take them in with you, especially when compared to the consequences of carelessness.!