Thursday, February 15, 2007

Time for a ride on my SOAP BOX!

WARNING: This may be a long one. So bare with me!

Ok, earlier today I went to JoAnn's...for SOMETHING...now, I can't even remember what it was.

ANYWAY, I pull into a parking spot right next to a lady that I just so happen to know. She pulled in, like a second before I did. So, I put my vehicle in park and something catches my eye in the SUV that's parked right in front of me. It was a little girl, maybe 12 - 18 months old, strapped in the backseat in a carseat. She had on a big coat, gloves and a hat (it was about 30 degrees out this morning). I immediately notice that there's no one in the drivers seat. I sat there for a second, thinking that maybe there WAS someone with her and they were at the back of the SUV or leaning down inside...or SOMETHING. But I never saw anyone. So I look to my right at the lady that I know, who is still in her vehicle on the phone. I was going to mention what I saw to her just in case I was jumping to conclusions.

I get out of my van and I'm stalling, right? Just waiting around to see if an adult comes to the vehicle with the child in it. THEN...I notice that the SUV is running!!! Now, I'm really concerned. By now, it's been about 5 minutes or so. Keep in mind, I have no idea how long this car had been sitting there prior to my pulling up. So I walk up to the store, still looking back to make sure I wasn't crazy! Then Trish, the lady I parked next to, gets out and walks towards the entrance. I stop her, say hello and ask her if she happened to notice anyone get out of that SUV. She says no. So I tell her why I was asking and she immediately panics. So we go inside and ask to see a manager. There's no one in our immediate sight that looks like that vehicle and child belong to them. The JoAnn's employee takes too long to get someone for us, so I called 911 from my cell phone. I explain the situation to them and they say they will send a car right over. So I wait just inside the store, where I can see the SUV and the police when they come. By now, over 20-25 minutes have passed.

Finally the police come and I go out to meet him. He pulls up behind the Infiniti and gets out to talk to me and Trish. I inform him that I'm the one who called. The officer was clearly upset about this and starts complaining about parents who leave their kids in a parked car so THEY won't be inconvenienced. He takes down my information and thanks me for calling. He informs us that the laws have changed a little and he's not sure if they can arrest people for doing this anymore. But indicates that he hopes that he still can because he WILL in this case. We look in on the little girl and she seems to be fine. Then a JoAnn's employee comes out and asks if the officer wants them to make an announcement in the store to see who the Infiniti belongs to. The officer says, "YES!! Cuz I'd like to talk to them!!"

Anyway, they do that and a few minutes later, this lady strolls outside and looks upset that there are people standing around her car. And not just "people" but the police too. By now, another cop has come on the scene. The first one walks up to the lady and LET'S HER HAVE IT!!! Me and Trish decide we've done our civic duty and walk into the store and we're now out of it. We look out the window and it appears that the lady is trying to EXPLAIN why she left her child in a running car, which, as far as we know, has been 40 PLUS minutes!!! Obviously longer. She and the police "chatted" for quite some time. Neither of which looked very happy.

Now, I'm in the store and have NO CLUE as to why I went there in the first place...LOL! And a few minutes later, I notice that the lady has come in with the baby, makes her purchases and leaves...as if nothing ever happened.

Let me just say, that there is TOO much going on in the world these days to do something as stupid as this. I do understand that sometimes it can be a challenge and yes, sometimes even an inconvenience to take a child into a store. Especially a carseat aged child. But you know what? I'd rather suffer through that minor inconvenience than have something horrible happen to my child. What if she had choked on something? What if someone stole the vehicle? What IF.....

Ok, so I'm done now. But what are your thoughts? Would you have called the police? Should I have left the situation alone and not worry about it? For those of you who have children, how would you have handled this?

7 comments:

toya said...

that is a shame,
One time I stopped at my neighbourhood's deli and left Tiara in the car, the deli has windows all around the front and I could clearly see what she was doing and I just wanted a loaf of bread,, but I was so paranoid, like looking at her every moment, until I was out of the store, even though I consider my neighborhood safe, I will never do that again, I was way to uneasy, I could never leave her in the car for any amount of time,, ever.. this lady should be arrest because I know I felt guilty....

Briyanna said...

What a dumb lady!!!

Veroncia said...

I don't care where you come, this is American and you don't do that dumb sh*t here (sorry for my language). I am glad that the baby was fine, and that you called the police.

denaid said...

I'm really proud of you for making the call. It was the right thing to do. Personally, I don't think you should leave a DOG in a car, let alone a baby. Besides the possibility of someone breaking into the car and/or stealing the car with the baby in it, what if that car's exhaust wasn't working properly and the exhaust fumes were getting into that car? The baby could have suffocated

In Toya's case, I can understand leaving the baby in the car for just a minute (if the doors are locked) because you can see the baby and your vehicle at all times... And I mean JUST a minute. But going into a store like Joann's and wandering around for 30+ minutes is just inexcusable. It's really disappointing that the lady couldn't get arrested because that is plain child endangerment.

After the officer was done with her, YOU should have given her a piece of your mind too. I would have paid money to see that. ;)

Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" said...

SO STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! I have no words.

Brown English Muffin said...

At first I was reading this post and I felt guilty, just the other night I drove up to our pizza spot. I sat in the car odered the pizza asked how long it would be, waited the 15 mins they said it would be, then I ran in the store got the pizza, paid and ran back to the car all the while Baby C was asleep and yes the car was running.

yes I was only gone 5 mins at the most and I would never ever leave her for 40 mins like this women did...but I know I should have unstrapped her and taken her even though it was 5 mins, I mean what if I had slipped and knocked my head and no one knew she was in there. At least had I slipped with her they would have seen both of us.

I feel I can't pass judgment on this women as I am just as guilty, but I still can't understand how she was just going aroung the store obviously for a long time and acted like she didn't even have a child in the car!! Strange.

Muriel said...

wow...if you need something and don't want to take the baby out...but it ONLINE...geesh...

people these days..