I've only ever left my kids in the car when going inside to pay cash at a gas station, and you can see them from inside.
Here in CA, where it's temperate/warm, it can get hot in a car really quickly, even with the windows cracked on a mild day. People will call the cops and have them break windows if they see someone's left a dog unattended in a car, and it looks like the animal may be in distress. So leaving a child is a definite non-starter.
When my kids were little I had pulled into a gas station to grab something, the kids were asleep in their car seats, the parking spot was on a hill and I drove a stick shift. While waiting in line to pay I heard a scream, looked out and saw the car rolling through the parking lot. My son had woken up, unbuckled himself and climbed over the seat hitting the e-brake. I was able to stop it just before it rolled out into the street. I never left the kids in the car again. I still have nightmares about it.
Holy crap, yeah, that would generate nightmares.
I fell out of a moving car when I was 18 mos old. I still remember it. This was back before car seats, or seat belts, even. I remember the door swinging open, rolling out and hitting the asphalt, smelling the salt air (my mom was making a left hand turn from Mission Blvd onto Garnet in PB - we lived in Pacific Beach then). I was unhurt. I wasn't afraid, only surprised. Good thing the traffic was light back in the day, or I suppose I would have been run over. My mother was shocked and horrified that I recalled it as an adult; she never once mentioned it to anyone when I was growing up.
When I was a kid my mom left my brother and I in her station wagon to run back into her house to get her wallet or something. I thought it would be funny to turn on the turn signal so it would be blinking when she started the car. Except I pushed the shifter down instead of the turn signal arm, throwing the car into reverse. It rolled down our driveway and smashed into the neighbor's car across the street. My little brother was in the far back of the station wagon and was as terrified as I've ever seen him.
I've never left my daughter in the car. Aside from being risky from a safety standpoint, it's also illegal and could lead to some pretty bad situations...
I left my dog in the car on a rainy, cool day and got berated by a crazy cat lady with a cart full of canned food, like 100 cans. She was horrible so I finally busted out the c word and told her to back the fuck off. Again, it was raining and cool.
I thought it was pretty shitty of the concerned citizen to call the cops and not sit there waiting to ensure the safety of the child.
Ok here's a question. I was chilling with my nephew the other day and he asked me if it's ok for him to use an essay writing service (he said http://essayseek.com to be specific) to get a paper in by the deadline. His parents don't think it's a big deal if it's just a one-off but I'm pretty worried. Has anyone else been in this position before?
What the hell was he doing chilling when he's got a paper to do?
As a mother and a teacher, I say no way. He should also be aware that most schools now have technology that can detect plagiarism, and it's not worth the risk.
Holy shit, $7.50 per page!!??!!!
This kid is gonna be a shithead if he has been raised by parents who are OK with giving him the green light on this idea.
Hunting has been part of our society since the first Europeans came over and shot buffalo and Native Americans and whatnot.
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