to be concerned about small boy left in Rep dad's car?
Bouncingturtle · 05/07/2007 15:35
Just looked out of the window of my office and there is a car in the car park with a little boy (maybe around 4-5 yo?) sat in the back.
Apparently the car belongs to someone visiting one of my colleagues and I think he's been here a while! Poor little mite, only just spotted him now because my back's to the window and just looked out to see if a collegue had retuend when I spotted him!
I did speak to the guy, apparently little boy is okay coz the aircon's on (it's a warm day) and offered to take him a drink, but was rebuffed.
We're on an industrial estate, car is perfectly safe in no danger from traffic, but I do feel for the little kid!
amen · 05/07/2007 16:05
notice how i said "when i got ot the age where i could be left"? thankfully my parents had some sort of judgment of when it was appropriate to leave a child unattended. and somehow they managed to work out that 3 years old in foreign country was not an appropriate time to give me my independence so they could go out for a drink and some tapas.
youpeskykids · 05/07/2007 16:07
No way - if I was only 'popping' in to drop something off but I wouldn't dream of leaving my children in the car alone. ANYWHERE.
Call me overprotective, but I don't even leave my kids in the car when paying for petrol UNLESS I can see them easily and if the queue is very short.
But in my defense I live on the outskirts of a City and my car is one that seems to be stolen quite a lot round here.
But how does the rep know that his son hasn't got out the car? hasn't started crying for any reason? hasn't burnt his finger on the cigarette lighter (yes, I did this when I was 7, and my parents were in the car at the time!!). Can the rep see this child at all times?
Am being generous thinking that this poor bloke has had childcare issues today and would like to think he doesn't take him in the car all the time.
Bouncingturtle · 05/07/2007 16:44
Actually the whole McCann thing never occurred to me.
It's just the fact that it's a warm day the back window was all the way down, and he was hanging out of the window. What if he had fallen out?
Also I realised he was closer than the road than I thought as a big wagon went hurtling passed
I'm certain this guy wouldn't have had him with him if he had other childcare arrangements (perhaps he was let down at the last minute?) but at the end of day if he couldn't find anyone to look after his kid, could he or his partner take the day off work? unless they have the bosses from hell...
Tough being a parent - damned if you do and damned if you don't!
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