Sunday, June 10, 2007

Parking lot incident

A couple days ago, I was pulling out of my spot at the bank parking lot when all of a sudden, I heard a thump on my car. I stopped and looked around to see this man yelling at me, "Slow down, slow down!" I think the thump was his hand hitting the car. Then about 10 feet behind him, I saw three small children running through the parking lot. The mom, who trailed behind the kids by about 20 feet was yelling at me in Spanish.

I pulled back into my spot and got out of the car and watched them. The kids were little. One was a toddler, with the Frankenstein-like jerky walk of a beginning walker, probably a 3 year old and a 5 year old, and they were toddling/running amok chasing a ball in the parking lot.

I said, in as nice of a voice as I could muster, "This is a parking lot, not a park. It's not safe to have your kids run around like that." The mom just kept screaming at me, what I'm sure were obscenities in Spanish.

I watched them all pile into their car, which was just a couple away from mine. The toddler was in front on the mom's lap and the other two were in the back, no one had car seats. Then they drove away.

I know car seats are expensive. But if you decide to have a car, the least you can do is get car seats for your little ones. And maybe try to control your kids, or at least hold their hands in the parking lot.

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