An elderly woman called the police on a mother sitting in a car with her baby and social media users are left shaking their head.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #ParkingLotBarbara flew through Twitter due to a video featuring a California woman calling law enforcement on a mother and her baby who were sitting in their car, shares Yahoo 7.

The woman was concerned, she said, because the child wasn’t properly shielded from the sun’s rays.

“She’s not in pain – she’s sleeping in her car seat,” the mother said to the woman. “What are you doing? Tell everyone what you’re doing.”

The woman, who has called the police, speaks into the phone, “I have this child here in this car at the PetSmart parking lot and the sun is kind of beating right at the baby’s face in the back seat. She’s still in a little car seat, I don’t know how old he is.”

“In the car with her!” insisted the mother.

“No you’re not, you’re out here yelling at me,” was the woman’s response.

The mother’s husband then emerged and the woman places the call on hold.

“Oh, because he’s white? Because he’s white, it’s OK because he’s here now,” the mum, of hispanic heritage, exclaims.

“Because he’s acting sane – you’re screaming at me,” said the woman, adding that she hadn’t seen an adult present. Then she turned to the mother – who pointed out that she did see her.

The husband then asked the woman to admit her mistake, and she replied, “Yes, I can see that she’s OK now.”

While the people in the video haven’t been identified it was shared on Twitter @Blk_Hermione alongside the words “A California white woman calls the cops on [a] Hispanic mom who was sitting in her air-conditioned car with her baby. Why can’t these racists leave POC alone and mind their own damn business?”

A majority of users on Twitter claimed the elderly woman’s actions were racist and that she escalated a clearly innocent situation; others argued that she had good intentions and simply got confused.

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  • It’s kinda good to know people are still willing to intervene if they think something is wrong. Confused as to what this lady thought was bring done though


  • This seems like a strange thing to do if the mother is in the car. Perhaps very racist?


  • At some time during the day it doesn’t make any difference which position a child is in the sun will be shining in on the child. Screens you can put on windows of doors only filter it – they don’t completely block it. Some drivers also find them distracting.


  • Not sure why she would call the police when mother is in the car with a/c on with baby.


  • Crazy! She was doing nothing wrong.


  • I’d have screamed at her too.


  • This is crazy! The mother was clearly there the old lady should be charged with wasting police time


  • There’s a fine line between feeling responsible and caring for the wellbeing of others in society and mind your own business.


  • What an over reaction. Perhaps she should be charged with wasting police time?


  • She had no right to call the police!


  • Incredible. And she called the police for this? While the baby was with the mother?


  • That’s a little bit confusing, I am confused!


  • Seriously! I don’t know if it’s a racial issue more likely an old busy body with nothing better to do!

    • Lol, that’s what I was thinking !


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