Friday while I was at the used tire place getting a tire put on my car (before I backed into the sign and scraped the paint off my car--see Friday's post), I had an interesting conversation with the owner of the store. I suppose he told me this story because I was there with my baby, and I reminded him of the woman in the story.
He said a few days prior, a young woman had come into the front counter to ask him a question about rates. She left her baby sleeping in the car seat in the car. I don't know if she left the car running or not, but the temperature here these days is a lovely 50 degrees. Not hot.
At any rate, he said another woman pulled up to the car, got out and stood outside smoking her cigarette. Then she came in and said, "Who's car is this?"
The young woman turned around and said, "Mine."
The smoking woman said, "I'm calling the police because you left your baby in the car. I'm an RN and am required by law to report this child as an abandoned child."
The young woman did precisely what I would have done: burst into tears. After listening to this RN chew her out (and the owner put in his two cents, telling her that there was no way that child had been abandoned), she promptly got in her car and left. So did the RN.
I have no idea what ended up happening, but I'm dying to know what you think.
I'll be the first to admit I do similar things. Just today, I parked at the Honda dealership, locked the car, and ran inside to grab my new jack and spare tire key that I ordered on Friday. It took all of two minutes. Perhaps I am wrong in my justification, but if I have to unbuckle all three kids and take them in, carry out my new jack with a baby carrier on one arm and a toddler dangling from my fingers while I yell at my 5yo to walk with me, just to buckle them all back in, I've taken a simple, 2-minute affair and turned it into a 10-minute nightmare.
I'd rather not, thank you.
But I will admit that I had one eye on the car to see if anyone was stopping to check out the interior.
Where do we draw the line? When is it okay, if ever? Can we rely on common sense? What are your thoughts?