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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22020 on: July 01, 2013, 01:23:10 PM »
I contacted my local police substation to see if they will do hourly patrols of our apartment complex on the 4th starting at sunset. We are hoping to avoid the celebratory gunfire this time.

Gunfire?  Wow...
Yep. Idiots think that since they're lacking fireworks, the best way to celebrate is to fire guns into the air.  A little girl was killed by a falling bullet on New Year's Eve, here in Baltimore.

I'm leaving my neighborhood for the 4th.  The idiots in my neighborhood like to set off fireworks in the alleys and across the street in a large park
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22021 on: July 01, 2013, 01:26:01 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22022 on: July 01, 2013, 01:37:08 PM »
Years ago, my dad bought me a contraption to keep in the car[...]

I read that as "contraception to keep in the car" and was very confused for a moment.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22023 on: July 01, 2013, 01:50:00 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

Wasn't going to post, but during my one and only visit to a casino, I was horrified by the rows of occupied and unattended strollers and baby carriages lining the walls and hallways.  Seriously, you couldn't find a baby sitter?  Or better yet, couldn't just stay home?  I don't mean to sound judgy and self righteous, but gee-mah-nee!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22024 on: July 01, 2013, 02:14:27 PM »
Years ago, my dad bought me a contraption to keep in the car[...]

I read that as "contraception to keep in the car" and was very confused for a moment.

Well you never know....

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22025 on: July 01, 2013, 02:57:00 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

Wasn't going to post, but during my one and only visit to a casino, I was horrified by the rows of occupied and unattended strollers and baby carriages lining the walls and hallways.  Seriously, you couldn't find a baby sitter?  Or better yet, couldn't just stay home?  I don't mean to sound judgy and self righteous, but gee-mah-nee!

This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

The casino is now the big venue for a lot of shows, and I've been there and seen small children left sitting on the hall floor, with a coloring book. But now you can report the child to the casino staff, who take the child and put him/her in their child care facility. And the parent has to pay whatever the per hour fee is to get their child back.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22026 on: July 01, 2013, 04:08:04 PM »
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This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

Every time parents do that, I think of poor Sherrice Iverson's death  :(   

*graphic child death warning*
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-28/news/mn-63101_1_casino-surveillance
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22027 on: July 01, 2013, 04:21:39 PM »
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This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

Every time parents do that, I think of poor Sherrice Iverson's death  :(   

*graphic child death warning*
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-28/news/mn-63101_1_casino-surveillance

Is there an update to that?  Did they find those men?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22028 on: July 01, 2013, 04:30:15 PM »
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This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

Every time parents do that, I think of poor Sherrice Iverson's death  :(   

*graphic child death warning*
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-28/news/mn-63101_1_casino-surveillance

Is there an update to that?  Did they find those men?
They did (warning, trigger-y), the NYT did a series of articles on it:
http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/i/sherrice_iverson/index.html

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22029 on: July 01, 2013, 04:32:24 PM »
One of the very first calls my husband did as a paramedic student was to a baby left....

In a locker at a subway stop outside a casino. Other people walking past heard faint and weak crying- the fire department had to break the locker and the baby was badly dehydrated and soiled, but otherwise apparently unharmed.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22030 on: July 01, 2013, 04:40:32 PM »
Here's an example of how awareness has changed:  I'm on a 70's TV kick, and one of my shows is 'Emergency!', which follows LA paramedics on their calls.  In one case, they're called to a mall parking lot because people see a young child, who appears to be unconcious, in the back seat of a locked car.  The paramedics break open the window and pull the child out, just as the mother comes running out of the beauty salon.  She abuses the paramedics pretty thoroughly for breaking the car window and 'scaring' her child, who was just sleeping.  The bystanders join in, and the paramedics slink away.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22031 on: July 01, 2013, 05:16:29 PM »
Here's an example of how awareness has changed:  I'm on a 70's TV kick, and one of my shows is 'Emergency!', which follows LA paramedics on their calls.  In one case, they're called to a mall parking lot because people see a young child, who appears to be unconcious, in the back seat of a locked car.  The paramedics break open the window and pull the child out, just as the mother comes running out of the beauty salon.  She abuses the paramedics pretty thoroughly for breaking the car window and 'scaring' her child, who was just sleeping.  The bystanders join in, and the paramedics slink away.

That description almost makes it sound like "Cops"... it's actually more like Dragnet.  The stories you have seen are true. :)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22032 on: July 01, 2013, 06:24:04 PM »
We have a new dog, DH's first doggie ever.  He is in canine heaven, getting his first taste of doggy devotion.  We haven't left little Honey Girl alone for more than 5 minutes since we rescued her 5 weeks ago.  We have neighbors who lost their dog last January and they volunteered to dog-sit for us any time.  We just aren't confident that she won't bark yet, so we're starting with leaving her alone for very short periods.  For example, we stopped at the library on the way home from work.  DH went in to use the bathroom while I took Honey Girl out to pee/poop.  I put her back in the car with the windows cracked and went in to get my books.  As I walked into the library, DH was walking out, so Honey Girl was left alone for about 30 seconds.

We live in Hawaii.  Our heat wave is not as dangerous as the one hitting the Mainland US this week, but leaving a child or pet alone in a car out in the sun can be life threatening.  We won't even leave our dog in the car for more than 1 minute; Who are these parents who leave their children alone, unattended, abandoned?  Don't they care?

We were never able to have children; I call this type of child neglect the "we can always make more" mindset.

On the other hand, my mother used to let 12 year old me stay in the van when she was taking classes to earn her master's degree.  I would read or nap until she got out of class.  Sometimes she let me sit quietly in the back of the room.  I subliminally learned kinesiology before I could spell it.  The 1960s were a different world.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22033 on: July 01, 2013, 06:42:07 PM »
November was when his last offense occurred. Eesh.
And he is still free and allowed contact with the child why?

No idea. AND they're not pressing charges--they are forwarding his case to the attorney general, but he hasn't been cited or punished as far as I know.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22034 on: July 01, 2013, 07:07:42 PM »
Here's an example of how awareness has changed:  I'm on a 70's TV kick, and one of my shows is 'Emergency!', which follows LA paramedics on their calls.  In one case, they're called to a mall parking lot because people see a young child, who appears to be unconcious, in the back seat of a locked car.  The paramedics break open the window and pull the child out, just as the mother comes running out of the beauty salon.  She abuses the paramedics pretty thoroughly for breaking the car window and 'scaring' her child, who was just sleeping.  The bystanders join in, and the paramedics slink away.

I just watched that one the other day. I was getting ready to post it here, too. Small world  ;D