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If you saw a man leave his two children in a buggy, parked outside a shop

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Sheeta Fri 12-Jun-09 10:30:36

Double buggy, children were about 3 and 1 in a P&T style buggy. The 3 year old could easily have got himself out of the buggy and wandered into the road.

Would you have said something?

purepurple Sat 13-Jun-09 08:46:18

None of your business

TrinityRhino Sat 13-Jun-09 08:47:01

no I wouldn't

mrsruffallo Sat 13-Jun-09 08:47:23

No, wouldn't have commented.
He knows his kids better than anyone else

5inthebed Sat 13-Jun-09 08:47:23


hercules1 Sat 13-Jun-09 08:48:39

No, not at all.

misdee Sat 13-Jun-09 08:53:39

nope, but would've kept a distant eye on the kids.

there are some places i cant get into with a buggy, so leave it outside with older dd's if possible

EyeballshasManBoobs Sat 13-Jun-09 08:56:04

Probably not but would have stayed and watched the children till he came back.

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sat 13-Jun-09 09:10:32

No, just b/c the 3yo physically could have jumped out doesn't mean they will at all. Presume he was popping into the shop rather than doing a full supermarket sweep!

EffiePerine Sun 14-Jun-09 08:27:43

My nearly 3yo can't get out of the p&t if strapped in (and it's a bugger tyo get in some shop doors)

Sycamoretreeisvile Sun 14-Jun-09 08:33:03

As in local corner shop type of thing? No, I wouldn't. I wouldn't myself but saying that, I would utterly trust my 3 year old to stay put.

She also wouldn't be able to unstrap herself from our Mountain buggy double (not that I ever strap her in now anyway.

littleducks Sun 14-Jun-09 08:40:55

i used to have a p and t and there are several 'corner shop' style shops here on quite residential roads

i left both kids outside occassionally, more often if they were sleeping and would tell dd to 'look after' her bro (she is a bit bossy by nature so this appealed to her)

I would watch them though and never do that in a high street or shopping centre (but then you can normaally get buggy in shop so no need)

LackaDAISYcal Sun 14-Jun-09 08:43:00


seeker Sun 14-Jun-09 08:43:04

Why on earth would I have said anything? I used to do this sort of thing all the time. I'm presuming this was a little shop in a town and he was nipping in for a paper, not a massive out of town supermarket and a months shop.

EldonAve Sun 14-Jun-09 08:59:32

I sometimes do the same at the paper shop
mine can't unstrap themselves and can be seen through the window

KristinaM Sun 14-Jun-09 09:01:13


notsoteenagemum Sun 14-Jun-09 09:10:16

No, I'd assume he'd taught his dc as I taught mine to never undo the buggy straps, and chances are if they did they'd follow Dad into the shop not into the road.

This comes from someone who as a 6wo baby was left outside the shop in a pram.
My godmother came out to find me lying on the pavement in a box, as someone had nicked the pram!

saintmaybe Sun 14-Jun-09 09:14:50

No, but might have hovered. They'd almost certainly be fine, and just because he didn't have someone he could ask to keep an eye on them for a minute doesn't mean I couldn't secretly do it anyway!

purepurple Sun 14-Jun-09 09:15:07

lol at someone stealing your pram and also shock
My pram was burnt and ruined by a stray firework kindly thrown by a 1960's chav type.
Luckily, I wasn't in it, but so easily could have been as it was common practice to leave babies in prams outside shops and houses then.

brimfull Sun 14-Jun-09 09:16:27

no I would think -ah the world is stll safe enough for people to do what our mums did

wastingmyeducation Sun 14-Jun-09 09:29:31

I think people think I'm odd for parking DS outside the local baker's and the entire frontage is glass so he isn't even out of sight. hmm

TheProvincialLady Sun 14-Jun-09 09:37:54

You would have had your work cut out in the 1970s, saying something to each and every mother who went shopping.

madwomanintheattic Sun 14-Jun-09 09:45:41

my mum did this circa 1974 and went home without my sister after buying her paper. someone recognised her and brought her home after about 2 hours.

i might have said something to her, but not anyone who was actually planning on picking them back up again after coming out of the shop, no.

Babieseverywhere Sun 14-Jun-09 09:48:36

Nothing, I do the same in our local small village (small shops with large front windows to watch the pram though) and my DH would do also.

Our nearly 3 year old can not undo the Phil and Ted straps nor can my 9 month old. Plus I reckon anyone willing to steal the pram and baby would not want the loud snotty toddler !!!

saintmaybe Sun 14-Jun-09 10:01:35

There are just a lot more cars on the road now than in the 70's.

i really don't worry about kids being stolen from outside shops, though!

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