A few days ago, I pulled into the baby car park at our local coles (love that feeling of oh yes there is a spot available, not taken by someone with no kids!!!) As I was getting madam out of her seat, a large four wheel drive pulled into the next spot. A woman got out, carefully checked she had her purse and phone, and started to walk away. I peeked in her car window, thinking no kids just selfish, when I realised there were 2 kids in the car, and young ones at that.
I stopped her, and mentioned that she had forgotten to get her kids out. She glared and said she was going shopping and walked away. Seems her phone was more imprtant….
I called after her that I would have to stay and watch her kids for her…
Holding my child to prevent her from running into the car park, I waited for her to turn and come back.
I stood there stunned, thinking what do I do now? Several passers by had seen this, but just kept walking. After a few minutes I decided I would have to report this, so I called the police, as although it was not hot, it was warming up, and her kids were looking rather unhappy.
As I spoke to the police, she returned. I told them the mother was back and hung up. They had asked if possible to get a photo of the license plate, so I quickly snapped a picture. This oh so delightful woman then started screaming abuse, carrying on that she was a lawyer and was going to sue me. I politley asked if she cared at all for her kids, which I probably shouldn’t have as it made her even more foul mouthed.
I then went in, shaken and upset, to do my shopping.
I mentioned this incident to some mothers I knew at the local playground, and was appalled to find that no one seemed to have a problem with leaving kids in the car to run into the shops, or even leave them sleeping in the car when they got home.
I would like to know what others think on this, as I feel leaving kids in the car for anything is a huge risk, not to mention illegal. The longest mine is ever alone is the time it takes me to shut the drivers door and open the back door to get her out. I know it can be a pain in the bum, constantly getting them in and out when you have a lot of running around to do, but surely their health and well being is worth more than a little bit of nuisance factor?
What does anyone else think?
Posted by katelt, 12th April 2013