EvilEgg: Flint Ironstag: That is weapons grade dumb, but this quote FTA, "A police spokesman said it was illegal for a parent or guardian to leave a child under the age of 14 alone for an unreasonable time or in unreasonable conditions. Doing so could result in a fine of up to $2000" is the real WTF? Children under 14 can't be left alone? At nine I'd walk home a miler from school and often find an empty home. What is wrong with these people?I guess a walk home isn't unreasonable. That's the problem with squishy language.
TheSwissNavy: More stuff white people like - interfering with others. I think this is dumb but the kid isn't in imminent danger. Cops love this stuff because it makes them feel important, instead of like small-penised douchebags.Wish I could find that picture from the 1950's that James Lileks has, showing mothers parking their strollers - with the babies in them - outside a supermarket.I am a fan of seat belts though...
No Such Agency: SpiderQueenDemon:"Oh, we're still making a fortune with [in-store child minding],"God, I would only shop there. Being able to THINK for five seconds would be nice sometimes. Also, not having someone grabbing everything within reach and throwing it out of the cart./father of 18-month-oldTFA: "As parents ourselves we know it is hard to get a baby to sleep, and once you start moving them they can wake up ... we thought it was just a silly decision by a tired mother."A very silly decision, indeed, because yes, the risk is not worth it. But it's nice that this is recognized and people aren't just quoted about how she's history's greatest monster. I'm not going to lie, I've left our baby sleeping in the car while I went to an ATM twenty feet away. Illegal? Probably. I could see the car, it's not like I left a note and went to try on shoes. But if some hardass came along and decided I was a Bad Parent, I could easily see myself getting in trouble.
diaphoresis: BarkingUnicorn: Kiwis are a marvelous people. This mom trusted strangers to call her if her baby was in distress, so she left her number on a note. She wasn't hauled off to jail, although there may be a visit from child services. If only Americans were so sane.[notsureifserious.jpg]
Flint Ironstag: That is weapons grade dumb, but this quote FTA, "A police spokesman said it was illegal for a parent or guardian to leave a child under the age of 14 alone for an unreasonable time or in unreasonable conditions. Doing so could result in a fine of up to $2000" is the real WTF? Children under 14 can't be left alone? At nine I'd walk home a miler from school and often find an empty home. What is wrong with these people?
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