Never Leave Your Kid Alone In The Car for “Just A Minute”
Yesterday I observed two people leave their kids in the car for “just a minute”. I saw a car stop in front of Office Depot. The man hopped out of the car and left the car running in 100 degree weather! As I crossed the street towards the parking lot I looked at the car and said, “Hmmm, maybe not a good idea to leave a Mercedes with the engine running and the keys in the ignition parked on the curb”. I also saw an infant in his car seat with his little brother consoling him in the back seat. I stood there and watched the kids with my friends until the dad walked out of the store, hopped back into his car and drove away without a care in the world.
A couple hours later I went to Radio Shack with my husband and as we parked the car we noticed that the vehicle next to us had its windows down. A little boy stood up from the back seat of the car and started walking around the car. We notice that the child was by himself in the car. He waved at me and looked worried. Then the unthinkable happened, he opened the door.
Seriously, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I got out of the car, walked into the store and looked for the store clerk, mom or dad and found the parents. The Mom says, “My husband was keeping an eye on him while we were in the store for just a minute”. They noticed that their son was walking outside of the car, picked him up, put the kids in the car and they drove off.
When a child is left alone in the car there is no one there to make sure the temperature is safe for them. They also can’t protect themselves from other people that may want to cause them harm. Someone may not always be around to watch kids that are left in the car by themselves. Everyone says, it just can’t happen to me, but all it takes is a minute to put your child in harms way.
I think next time I may not be so nice and watch people’s kids that are by themselves in their car and I’ll call the police. And then again, I think I’ll watch the kids because who else will.
Question: What would you do if you saw a child by themselves in a car? Would you ignore it? Would you find the parents? Would you call the police?