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I need to contract this company to deal with the two entitlement cows who park in the fire line outside my building every day: Dallas Child Sleeps In Car As It Is Towed Away

"It was a split second, just like that," she recalled. . . . parked her car in a fire lane while she ran upstairs to her apartment. She left her 7-year-old son . . . asleep in the backseat of the car. When [she] came back downstairs, her car and her son were both gone.

I highly doubt it was "just a second"; the cows visiting my building take 5-10 minutes on an average day. It's a damn shame they arrested the tow truck driver for endangerment. That sends the message that the mother /wasn't/ endangering her child by leaving him in a car parked in a fire lane at night.

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karaksindru
Apr. 15th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
How long does it take to tow a vehicle, from placing the call to the truck arriving to actually dragging the car away?

Surely it's more than "just a second"...
oddharmonic
Apr. 15th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
A quick Google search revealed that the towing company in question has a reputation for patrolling areas where it's contracted to tow, so the time was probably shorter than if it were called in.

I don't know why the woman didn't park in a parking space since she was outside her own apartment building. She doesn't even have the weak excuse of "I don't live here".
redqueenofevil
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
I think it takes about ten minutes to get the car onto the tow truck, start to finish. At least that's how long it took after my accident. So yes. Definitely more than a 'second.'
redqueenofevil
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh holy crap. They fired the driver and arrested him, but did nothing for the mother who left the kid in an illegally parked car? That's just a whole load of crap right there.
oddharmonic
Apr. 16th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
I called the towing company and left a message that I'd like to donate to the driver's legal costs.

As a kid, my parents regularly reminded us there was no reason for us to be left alone in the car. I remember that especially after news reports where parents left children in running cars for "just a minute" and a thief took the running car.
idemandjustice
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
I was just thinking that if I'd been driving that tow truck and noticed a child in the car, I wouldn't turn back and return. I'd just have driven over to the police station instead.
rainingvodka
Apr. 16th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
i woke up once while sleeping in my car parked along sixth avenue/the park in midtown Manhattan as a tow truck driver was about to tow me . . .

for being like five feet inside a bus zone.

not truly relevant, but it makes for a great story. i scared the shit out of the two truck driver when i popped up out of the folded down backseat/trunk . . .

oddharmonic
Apr. 16th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I bet the tow truck driver tells his version of the story, too.

How are bus zones marked there? The fire lanes in my neighborhood are marked with red curb paint so they're pretty hard to miss.
rainingvodka
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
it was marked with white paint. and it was dark and late so i missed it by a few feet when i pulled over and conked out after i found out I got screwed by Ford Motor Co. Financing and had about $500 less for the trip than I thought (= no $$ for a hotel)
ex_passerine551
Apr. 16th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
i just love how our society seems to blame everyone but the parents first.


this tow truck driver should have been given some kind of verbal warning to check seats from now on but should never have been arrested/ lost his job.

don't get me started on the woman.
oddharmonic
Apr. 17th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I get irate about playing the blame game when it comes to children. I want to shake parents who make reckless decisions about their children's safety and say "Why treat your child with less care than you would any other living creature?".
ex_passerine551
Apr. 16th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
mark just chimed in and said that he heard of dfcs cases in his office for people whose only offense was leaving their children in the car. i don't understand why nothing happened to her? /confused
oddharmonic
Apr. 17th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I have written the local news outlets expressing that she should not be treated different than other families investigated by children's services for leaving their children in the car.

This morning there was a breaking news story about a woman who left two small children in a car on the side of the road after she ran out of gas. In the "about 15 minutes" she was not with her car, the police arrived. She wasn't arrested, but children's services was asked to investigate.

I would love to read the police report (if any) taken for the lady whose car was towed with her kid still in it, but I know from experience it won't yield much. I've ordered police reports from two local police departments; identifying details of most of the situation(s) and all parties are blacked out.
polyhymnia
Apr. 16th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Someone definitely needs to get that woman on endangerment, stat. She's lucky an actual thief didn't take her car AND her kid.

It's also pretty irresponsible of the tow-truck driver, but he came RIGHT BACK. I mean, given he made a mistake, he really couldn't have handled it better. He didn't endanger the kid at all, no more than any parents does when driving their kid around in a car, yes?
oddharmonic
Apr. 17th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
I have written the local news outlets expressing that she should not be treated differently than other families investigated by children's services for leaving their children in the car.

I am impressed that the truck driver turned around and took the car back. As another commenter said, if I was a tow truck driver I would have taken the car to the nearest police department.
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