Incredulous. That was the only word that could describe the scene I witnessed today in Tacoma, as a young man left his car running, small child strapped into a child’s seat in the car’s back seat, and ran into a store to return an item.
While he was gone mere seconds – insufficient time for me to even dial 911 on my cell phone – someone easily could have just hopped into the car and sped off, child in tow.
What is behind someone doing this? Is it arrogance? A sense of invulnerability? Or, mere stupidity? Whatever – it is shocking, disturbing and criminal. I only wish a police officer had been present and witnessed this lack of common sense.
After all the recent news reports of cars with kids being driven off because their parent or the responsible adult couldn’t be bothered to just turn the car off and take the child with them, you would think the message had gotten through. It hasn’t, and probably never will.