The following is the text of a letter I wrote to our newspaper.
*Woman, you should be glad I don’t have a cell phone, otherwise you might be in deep trouble.
I was in the parking lot of the Dillon’s at 29th and Topeka, about 12:45PM, on Sunday the 19th of October. Your little red car was there, with a small boy left totally alone in it. The windows were open and he was hollering out the window, trying to talk to passersby. I went back into the store to report this to a manager, as I did not have a phone. Otherwise I would immediately have called 911 to report an abandoned child, and watched as you tried to talk your way out of it. Driving off before they arrived would not haved helped, I got your license number.
The manager, to his very great credit, listened to me and I left the store, but kept a watch one the car. Then you came out, carrying what looked like a cake. So because I don’t have a portable phone you had just enough time to make a getaway. I did not confront you, but mine were not the only eyes watching, as some folks in another car saw what was going on and talked to me about it.
You left a little kid, the most precious thing in the world, totally alone. How could you? It only takes a minute to steal a car, or harm a child. What would you have felt like if something like that had happened? If you see this letter I hope you try never to do such a careless thing again.
In this day and age how can some people keep on doing stupid stuff like this? Any pervert could have got that kid, he seemed to be trying to get people’s attention. I did not approach closely so as not to scare him(I was so pissed it would have showed). The store manager must not have had time to call the cops before the woman came back and drove off.
At least this time I did something active. A few years ago I didn’t, and while the kids in question were watched over by someone else, I left. I felt so guilty later on that I promised myself if I ever saw a similar situation I would report it, no matter what. Maybe the bitch mother(I’m assuming it was the kid’s mother) will see the letter(if it gets published) and in the future think twice before leaving her child alone.
Pant, pant, pant. OK, I think I feel a little better now. This forum is a great place to rant.