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(Daily Ridge)   Five-year-old boy accidentally left at a mall. Parents returned promptly once they realized their mistake, but sadly the boy had already been approved for store credit at three different retail outlets   (dailyridge.com) divider line 58
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2013-10-29 08:27:37 AM
i522.photobucket.com

Remembers when people cared if he was left places.
 
2013-10-29 08:41:18 AM
Carl?
 
2013-10-29 08:47:44 AM
TFA:

"Lake Wales, Florida - According to police reports a 5 year old was accidentally left at the Lake Wales Mall, last Sunday October 20, 2013. Last Sunday evening mall security located a 5 year old child in the food court area of the mall. The child had apparently been left at the mall as no parents could be located. Within a short time a female called mall security and told them she believed her child had been left there by accident. She then returned to the mall immediately to claim the child. Once there she explained that she had been at the mall with other family members and her 7 children, including the 5 yr old. When the group left the mall they did so in 2 separate vehicles. She thought that family in the other car had the child and the family in the other car though the same.  When the mother arrived home she noticed the small child was not with them. She did not have her phone so she left her residence in Haines City and went to a phone where she called the mall.
According to reports investigators were called to the scene. It was determined  that the mother was visibly upset according to reports and there did not appear to be any intent to bring harm to the child. The child was released back to the mother and the Department for Children and Family services was notified to follow up."



So I see we're outsourcing local news to Banglaore...
 
2013-10-29 09:30:24 AM
Jason? Jason. Jason!
 
2013-10-29 09:45:04 AM
Seven kids is too many unless you are running a large farm, ma'am.
 
2013-10-29 09:46:23 AM
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-10-29 09:47:13 AM

libranoelrose: Carl?


Oh fart poop.  Shoulda read the (very miniscule) thread first.

/kicks dirt.
 
2013-10-29 09:48:28 AM
my mum left me outside the post office once, in my pram

no one tried to steal me : (

although that should probably be : )
 
2013-10-29 09:49:39 AM

Babwa Wawa: TFA:

"Lake Wales, Florida - According to police reports a 5 year old was accidentally left at the Lake Wales Mall, last Sunday October 20, 2013. Last Sunday evening mall security located a 5 year old child in the food court area of the mall. The child had apparently been left at the mall as no parents could be located. Within a short time a female called mall security and told them she believed her child had been left there by accident. She then returned to the mall immediately to claim the child. Once there she explained that she had been at the mall with other family members and her 7 children, including the 5 yr old. When the group left the mall they did so in 2 separate vehicles. She thought that family in the other car had the child and the family in the other car though the same.  When the mother arrived home she noticed the small child was not with them. She did not have her phone so she left her residence in Haines City and went to a phone where she called the mall.
According to reports investigators were called to the scene. It was determined  that the mother was visibly upset according to reports and there did not appear to be any intent to bring harm to the child. The child was released back to the mother and the Department for Children and Family services was notified to follow up."


So I see we're outsourcing local news to Banglaore...


No kidding, and wtf with the overly large words with links in them.
 
2013-10-29 09:51:16 AM
When I was about six years old, my momma took me to the city. We went to one of those big old department stores, and I got lost. They tried to page her, but the PA system was on the fritz. I never saw my momma again. 

Some people from the cosmetics department fed me a bowl of soup and some bread. Days stretched into weeks. One February they got jammed up during the semi-annual Lincoln's birthday sale. They asked me to help out in Pre-Teen Maternity. 

Then one day I overheard a conversation in personnel about them needing a new jingle for their radio ad. So I picked up my guitar and I wrote down a tune that had been mulling and creeping and crawling around in my head. 

It went something like this...
 
2013-10-29 09:51:41 AM
isn't that exactly the way home alone went down?
 
2013-10-29 09:52:50 AM
That's exactly why you start off with at least seven children, because you can expect to lose a few along the way!
 
2013-10-29 09:52:55 AM
Hey, no child left behind. It's the law since 2001.
 
2013-10-29 09:57:25 AM
I've tried to leave my kids at different places, but they always find their way home.
 
2013-10-29 10:02:32 AM
i.ytimg.com
 
2013-10-29 10:04:03 AM
Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.
 
2013-10-29 10:05:09 AM
My mother would leave my sister and I in the car all the time (1970's) with our library books while she ran into the grocery store.
I usually got tired of waiting and would go in to get her.
My mother would always have to turn the car around and go back to get me.
My sister would have her nose so deep in a book, she had no idea what was going on.
 
2013-10-29 10:15:34 AM
When your crotchfruit need more than one vehicle to transport it's time to consider locking the doors on the clown car between your legs.
 
2013-10-29 10:22:55 AM
When I was eight years old, my parents sent me to summer camp. I returned home a week late only to find that my parents had moved, and left no forwarding address.
 
2013-10-29 10:25:25 AM
Yet Abercrombie and Fitch wouldn't let him in the store because he was too old.
 
2013-10-29 10:25:39 AM
So, they found him in the temple?
 
2013-10-29 10:26:40 AM

Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.


Probably they're just stopping by to say "STOP HAVING CHILDREN, DAMMIT" and then driving away.
 
2013-10-29 10:27:29 AM

GoldDude: When your crotchfruit need more than one vehicle to transport it's time to consider locking the doors on the clown car between your legs.


Not bad. "Crotchfruit". "Clown car". If you had only worked "breeder" in there, you could have been in the running for Grade A Douchebag certification. As it is, you're still Grade B, but what's important is that you tried.
 
2013-10-29 10:28:34 AM

LostInTranslation: When I was eight years old, my parents sent me to summer camp. I returned home a week late only to find that my parents had moved, and left no forwarding address.


Cellophane
Mister Cello
 
2013-10-29 10:29:25 AM
I was with my family at the grand canyon when I was 8.  I was searching a garbage can for some chaw, and they accidentally left me behind.  I searched for them high and low for years, but I finally realized that home is where you make it.
 
2013-10-29 10:29:37 AM

Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.


Yeah, stuff like that bugs me.  You hear stories about how many kids in the system are completely unaccounted for, and horror house stories with kids in cages and eating drywall who were never monitored.  Yet they'll check up on this lady.

One of my mom's employees had DCF sicced on her because the school moved her kid's bus stop, and the kid had to walk to it from the house.  They threatened to take the kid away.  Some nasty busybody neighbor called them.
 
2013-10-29 10:31:40 AM

Son of Thunder: LostInTranslation: When I was eight years old, my parents sent me to summer camp. I returned home a week late only to find that my parents had moved, and left no forwarding address.

Cellophane
Mister Cello


Hopefully, hitting the wrong button on my phone with the hairy sausages I use for fingers, resulting in posting an incomplete comment, will be the biggest Fail of my day.

(not holding out too much hope, though)
 
2013-10-29 10:34:02 AM
On a family vacation driving from Virginia to Michigan, my sister was left behind at a highway rest stop.  None of us liked her, so my two other sisters and I didn't say anything when we started driving off without her.  We only got a mile or two down the road before my parents realized things were too quiet in the back of the car.  They turned around and went back to the rest stop, and when my mom went to go look for her she was still in the bathroom washing her hands.  Almost got away with it.
 
2013-10-29 10:35:18 AM

Lady J: my mum left me outside the post office once, in my pram

no one tried to steal me : (

although that should probably be : )


Probably because you we're so ugly, your mum used to prop you in the corner and feed you with a slingshot...

eye keed...

S'OK. I was so ugly, Da would tie a steak around my neck just to get the family dog to play with me.
 
2013-10-29 10:35:52 AM

The Muthaship: I was with my family at the grand canyon when I was 8.  I was searching a garbage can for some chaw, and they accidentally left me behind.  I searched for them high and low for years, but I finally realized that home is where you make it.


i1.ytimg.com

Goddam boy
 
2013-10-29 10:38:06 AM
We're:were

Farking auto-correct...
 
2013-10-29 10:38:22 AM
I can't believe this got green-lit.

When I was 3, I wandered away from my folks at the Michigan State Fair.  (1966).

If only fark were around then...

I could've been famous.

A somebody.
 
2013-10-29 10:40:44 AM

Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.


Man, I'd hate to work for CPS. Follow up on everything and you're accused of being a child-stealing Nazi - leave it be when you see a kid flinch from a cigarette once, and it turns out the kid's been used as an ashtray since birth and everyone yells "where was CPS?" Sometimes it's even the same people both ways.
 
GBB
2013-10-29 10:52:50 AM
Five year old boy left at retail baby-sitter outlet.

FTFY, subby.
 
2013-10-29 10:54:07 AM
Does the boy's nose appear older than the rest of his face?
 
GBB
2013-10-29 11:02:09 AM

Mithiwithi: Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Man, I'd hate to work for CPS. Follow up on everything and you're accused of being a child-stealing Nazi - leave it be when you see a kid flinch from a cigarette once, and it turns out the kid's been used as an ashtray since birth and everyone yells "where was CPS?" Sometimes it's even the same people both ways.


I had some dispatcher co-workers transfer over to CPS because they loved working with kids and that's what they really wanted to do.  3 months later and they hate the position because the kids they see are usually at their worst, they have to deal with the worst parents imaginable.  Basically, the most depressing job you could think of.

And people wonder why CPS workers aren't upbeat, cheery, Sunday morning kids show hosts.  But, people still think CPS workers are necessary and need to be the best people ever and willing to work for free because "you ain't raisin' my taxes, Socialist!"
 
2013-10-29 11:04:41 AM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-10-29 11:05:36 AM

Diogenes: Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Yeah, stuff like that bugs me.  You hear stories about how many kids in the system are completely unaccounted for, and horror house stories with kids in cages and eating drywall who were never monitored.  Yet they'll check up on this lady.


I disagree. Mentally ill people shouldn't be trusted to responsibly raise children any more than they should be trusted to responsibly use a gun. We treat animal hoarders as the crazy people that they are. It is about time we do the same for child hoarders.
 
2013-10-29 11:09:21 AM

Diogenes: Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Yeah, stuff like that bugs me.  You hear stories about how many kids in the system are completely unaccounted for, and horror house stories with kids in cages and eating drywall who were never monitored.  Yet they'll check up on this lady.

One of my mom's employees had DCF sicced on her because the school moved her kid's bus stop, and the kid had to walk to it from the house.  They threatened to take the kid away.  Some nasty busybody neighbor called them.


You are right.  Stupid CPS, they should automatically just know, at a glance, where the real issues are.  They are so stupid, because everything is so obvious and black and white.
 
2013-10-29 11:15:25 AM
Never have I heard of something like this happening.  Maybe I'm weird, but my mom managed to keep track of all of us children. When we went shopping.  I mean, honestly, if someone doesn't know whether their kid has any supervision whatsoever at the moment, maybe child services DOES need to swing by and say wussup.  I mean really, how crappy of a parent do you have to be to leave your kid at the MALL FOOD COURT?  She's lucky the child wasn't raped, murdered, dropped in the chinese vendor's fry-o-lator and given out as free samples by some psychopath.

/not really even fark-worthy let alone news.
 
2013-10-29 11:21:01 AM

Mithiwithi: ime and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Man, I'd hate to work for CPS. Follow up on everything and you're accused of being a child-stealing Nazi - leave it be when you see a kid flinch from a cigarette once, and it turns out the kid's been used as an ashtray since birth and everyone yells "where was CPS?" Sometimes it's even the same people both ways


Right, b/c there's absolutely no middle ground there.
 
2013-10-29 11:23:27 AM

susler: Mithiwithi: ime and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Man, I'd hate to work for CPS. Follow up on everything and you're accused of being a child-stealing Nazi - leave it be when you see a kid flinch from a cigarette once, and it turns out the kid's been used as an ashtray since birth and everyone yells "where was CPS?" Sometimes it's even the same people both ways

Right, b/c there's absolutely no middle ground there.


On re-reading, that sounds snarky and that wasn't the intention at all.

Lots of people see everything in black and white only w/ no nuance or gray at all.  This is one of the reasons for so many zero tolerence rules and laws and one of the reasons so many people are so upset at CPS all the time.
 
2013-10-29 11:30:49 AM

OtherLittleGuy: So, they found him in the temple?


::polite Christian clapping::
 
2013-10-29 11:31:59 AM

MycroftHolmes: Diogenes: Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Yeah, stuff like that bugs me.  You hear stories about how many kids in the system are completely unaccounted for, and horror house stories with kids in cages and eating drywall who were never monitored.  Yet they'll check up on this lady.

One of my mom's employees had DCF sicced on her because the school moved her kid's bus stop, and the kid had to walk to it from the house.  They threatened to take the kid away.  Some nasty busybody neighbor called them.

You are right.  Stupid CPS, they should automatically just know, at a glance, where the real issues are.  They are so stupid, because everything is so obvious and black and white.


1)  Sometimes they are black and white situations.

2)  All I'm suggesting is the need for consistency and sanity.

3)  Don't pretend selective enforcement and lack of accountability aren't problems with those agencies.
 
2013-10-29 11:33:27 AM
I remember being...10 or 11, and my parents sent me and my sisters to walk up the highway to get donuts(a 4 lane highway, no less), so they could stay in the hotel and, I presumed years later, have sex.

My sisters would have been...8 or 9 and 5 or 6 at the time.


Ah, the early 90s.

We made it a few miles(the donut shop was about 5 miles up the road, if memory serves), before they came to get/caught up to us.
 
2013-10-29 11:33:50 AM

Well I use Mac/Linux...: On a family vacation driving from Virginia to Michigan, my sister was left behind at a highway rest stop.  None of us liked her, so my two other sisters and I didn't say anything when we started driving off without her.  We only got a mile or two down the road before my parents realized things were too quiet in the back of the car.  They turned around and went back to the rest stop, and when my mom went to go look for her she was still in the bathroom washing her hands.  Almost got away with it.


I mean, I'm glad you found her and everything, but did you then have her checked for OCD?
 
2013-10-29 11:34:57 AM

asquian: I remember being...10 or 11, and my parents sent me and my sisters to walk up the highway to get donuts(a 4 lane highway, no less), so they could stay in the hotel and, I presumed years later, have sex.

My sisters would have been...8 or 9 and 5 or 6 at the time.


Ah, the early 90s.

We made it a few miles(the donut shop was about 5 miles up the road, if memory serves), before they came to get/caught up to us.


Yeah, that was f*cked up in the 90's, too.

Unless you meant 1890's.....
 
2013-10-29 11:35:29 AM

teenytinycornteeth: Well I use Mac/Linux...: On a family vacation driving from Virginia to Michigan, my sister was left behind at a highway rest stop.  None of us liked her, so my two other sisters and I didn't say anything when we started driving off without her.  We only got a mile or two down the road before my parents realized things were too quiet in the back of the car.  They turned around and went back to the rest stop, and when my mom went to go look for her she was still in the bathroom washing her hands.  Almost got away with it.

I mean, I'm glad you found her and everything, but did you then have her checked for OCD?


It could have just been a really long dump.
 
2013-10-29 11:46:39 AM

Diogenes: MycroftHolmes: Diogenes: Russ1642: Children and Family Services to follow up. Great. Whatcs there to see? Two vehicles, missed a kid. I'll bet this kind of thing happens all the time and there's really nothing that needs to be said to this family but we'll harrass them anyway.

Yeah, stuff like that bugs me.  You hear stories about how many kids in the system are completely unaccounted for, and horror house stories with kids in cages and eating drywall who were never monitored.  Yet they'll check up on this lady.

One of my mom's employees had DCF sicced on her because the school moved her kid's bus stop, and the kid had to walk to it from the house.  They threatened to take the kid away.  Some nasty busybody neighbor called them.

You are right.  Stupid CPS, they should automatically just know, at a glance, where the real issues are.  They are so stupid, because everything is so obvious and black and white.

1)  Sometimes they are black and white situations.

2)  All I'm suggesting is the need for consistency and sanity.

3)  Don't pretend selective enforcement and lack of accountability aren't problems with those agencies.


I assume that you are a case worker that works with kids?  I am willing to give CPS the benefit of the doubt, there's is one of the most difficult and subjective jobs out there.  Sometimes it is black and white, but that is rarely going to be the case.  And when they do try and polarize the situation by doing more investigations, they have peoiple yelling 'Why are you looking at family so-and-so.  They are good people.  Why don't you look at them real abusers I read about?'

You do realize that you are part of the problem, yes?
 
2013-10-29 11:52:11 AM
It's all Fail
 
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