The great thing about America is that we’re all allowed to have opinions. And what’s more, we’re allowed to voice those opinions. No matter who you are. Even if you’re a car thief.
Like the one in Galveston, TX, who returned a vehicle he was in the process of stealing before he discovered he was stealing something else along with it—a two-year-old toddler. After he brought the car back, he fled, but not before offering the toddler’s shocked mom a few disparaging remarks pertaining to the job she was doing as a mother.
A Houston woman and her boyfriend had taken the child with them on a fishing outing. But the 22 year old mom decided that it was too cold for her child. So she brought the toddler back to the car and cranked up the heat, which, of course, required leaving the ignition on. She then went back to the fishing hole to help her boyfriend carry the gear back to the car.
But while she was away, a man hopped into the running car and drove off, until he realized that he was carrying some unwanted cargo. Galveston police Capt. Jeff Heyse told the Galveston Daily News that the mom was there when the man returned. “What the hell are you doing?,” she asked him.
“The guy made comments about why would you leave your kid in the car,” Heyse said.
Today was the second time in as many days that I came across a story where a man tried to steal a car with a child inside. Yesterday, I wrote about a CNN article which described how two parents had successfully stopped a car thief from making away with their baby. It left me wondering what would have happened if they hadn’t stopped him.
Do you think, like the Galveston mom, they would have eventually gotten their vehicle returned to them before getting dressed down for leaving their child inside a running car? Regardless, I think there’s a pretty good parenting moral to both these stories. Don’t leave your kids unattended in a vehicle with its ignition on. Because if you do, you’ll be lucky if you suffer nothing more than a lecture from a would-be criminal.
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