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(New Zealand Herald)   Excerpt from 'Mother of the Year' candidate portfolio; , 'My mum's in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything'. Note left on baby left in car   (m.nzherald.co.nz) divider line 14
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2013-03-24 07:29:00 PM
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ExcerpT, subby.
2013-03-24 06:11:21 PM
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Yes, 14 years old would be silly. But this was a baby, with no means to get out of the car, roll the windows down, run or do anything to defend itself at all. And if anything, the mother was weapons grade stupid for leaving the baby in the car with that dumb ass note. Might as well just put a sign on it that says "free baby".
2013-03-24 03:56:11 PM
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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.


A walk home to an empty house. Where'd I'd make myself something to eat and maybe wait a few hours for anyone else to get home.
2013-03-24 03:24:29 PM
2 votes:
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?
2013-03-25 02:38:00 AM
1 votes:

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...


This still happens everyday in snowy Copenhagen. Mums believe fresh air is good for children and will bundle them up and leave them outside a coffee shop to sleep while they go inside for a bit. They get a seat by the window and keep and eye on the stroller. No stories of kidnapped children there and everyone is pretty sane, chilled out and happy
2013-03-24 10:10:28 PM
1 votes:
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...
2013-03-24 08:46:09 PM
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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-old

TFA: "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.


Many kids were left sleeping in cars for many years and none of them died or were injured. Also, most of us grew up without seat belts or booster seats. Yes, these things really happened.
2013-03-24 08:11:43 PM
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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.

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Well, there are other ways to correct inappropriate behavior that causes no actual harm than simply throwing people in jail and putting kids in foster care.
2013-03-24 07:29:21 PM
1 votes:
Exerp?
2013-03-24 07:19:00 PM
1 votes:
The grocery stores back home have a little complimentary mini-daycare-thing where moms and dads who are shopping by themselves can check the kid in, leave their cellphone number and get the shopping done, albeit only in THAT store, without the kids underfoot. There are toys and books there, a nice teacher-y person to watch the kids (they usually hire college students with kid-related majors, like education and nursing, and the store chain pays for them to take a really good class in first aid and general how-to-watch-kids stuff,) and the kids usually really enjoy it.

I had occasion to meet the CEO of this grocery chain at a charity event a few years ago and mentioned how much my mother liked it when my siblings were small, basically 'thank you for adding this expensive but cool thing to your stores.'

"Oh, we're still making a fortune with that," he explained. "The reduction in shrinkage and damaged product alone was enough to pay the teacher, and we had such a pickup in business, it paid for itself in six months. And then when we added the cafe, we started having folks come from as far as 45 minutes away because they could check the children in and not only do the errands, but have a moment of peace and a coffee. Those kid-cares put all three of my sons through school."

It was an interesting perspective, and I still make a point to choose those grocery stores over their competitor because the kid-care means there are no loud or misbehaving kids.
2013-03-24 07:13:14 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-24 06:26:23 PM
1 votes:
How many stories have we had where parents forget they have a child in the car and leave them there for hours?  She may be a complete idiot for writing this note, but at least this woman realized she brought the kid with her.
2013-03-24 06:16:16 PM
1 votes:
I say we shoot her.
2013-03-24 03:51:35 PM
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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.
 
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