The stories about parents leaving their kids behind are ubiquitous — whether in the car or Home Alone, it’s not uncommon to read about the knuckleheads who forget their children when they lose their minds temporarily.
What you don’t hear quite so much — if ever — is when the kids leave their parents behind. Until now, that is.
A dad in Texas thought his kids were kidnapped after he was left behind at a gas station earlier this week, according to WLOX.com. As it turns out, they just kinda sorta forgot about him.
The family was on the road and stopped to eat and get some gas, and “somebody had been sleeping all night in the back and they were going to drive and I was going to get in the back and sleep. I went inside to get my change for the gas and they thought I was already loaded up and closed all the doors and took off,” the dad the news station.
He called the kids’ cell phones with no success and even tried calling his own cell phone, which had been left in the van, but no one answered it. The fact that it went straight to voicemail even made him think it was downright suspicious, and perhaps his kids might have been kidnapped. So he called police.
Ultimately Facebook saved the day after the dad contacted someone on the site who managed to get in touch with his kids, who were 100 miles away at that point.
The dad said he was confident the whole thing was an accident.
Let’s hope he’s right. But maybe next time they stop for gas he should offer to buy them Slushies. You know, just in case it wasn’t 100 percent an accident.
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