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    is it against the law to leave a child in a car...

    for a few minutes while popping into a shop for milk etc..?

    82 Comments

    I dont think so.

    I wouldnt leave my child even for a minute though, they go where I go when out and about

    I don't think it's illegal but I think it's asking for trouble....

    i think a petrol station is acceptable

    depends on age??

    I dont think its illegal either but i saw a girl in a car yesterday . her gran and grandad came back to the car after shopping in asda. their trolley was FULL so it cant have been in and out. girl was about 18 months...maybe 2

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    i usually dont leave mine for a moment either just wondered

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    i popped to a local tesco';s yesterday and saw a young girl about 5 asleep in the front of a car in her car seat... came back out 15 ins later and she was still there fast asleep. I would never leave my kids alone in a car park asleep or not. Mental...

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    it isntg illegal, but you can be done should something happen

    Alfonse;6742583

    i think a petrol station is acceptable



    i agree

    If you can see the car at all times then i suppose you would be ok

    Banned

    sassie;6742598

    it isntg illegal, but you can be done should something happen



    Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday and want to go to the restaurant and go on the lash. (Seriously)

    4lyons09;6742577

    I dont think so.I wouldnt leave my child even for a minute though, they … I dont think so.I wouldnt leave my child even for a minute though, they go where I go when out and about



    debbielon;6742578

    I don't think it's illegal but I think it's asking for trouble....



    exactly:thumbsup:

    That is shocking!!!

    cameronjac;6742589

    I dont think its illegal either but i saw a girl in a car yesterday . … I dont think its illegal either but i saw a girl in a car yesterday . her gran and grandad came back to the car after shopping in asda. their trolley was FULL so it cant have been in and out. girl was about 18 months...maybe 2

    I remember on the news someone left a baby in the back seat to pop into a shop. Came back, car had gone - stolen by a joyrider. they had the shock of their life when the baby started crying in the back of the car. Car was found dumped with the baby in the back.

    Banned

    guv;6742623

    Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday … Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday and want to go to the restaurant and go on the lash. (Seriously)



    guv`s top tip :thumbsup:

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    dog_cop;6742689

    guv`s top tip :thumbsup:



    Not a tip..... just reality (Especially in Portugal.)

    Don't think a kid going missing presumed dead can get much worse in the "as long as nothing happens" stakes!

    Banned

    guv;6742623

    Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday … Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday and want to go to the restaurant and go on the lash. (Seriously)



    yes totally agrees, sometimes it beggars belief what some parents will do, always wonder if they really dont care or really just dont think, i like to think its the latter

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    sassie;6742717

    yes totally agrees, sometimes it beggars belief what some parents will … yes totally agrees, sometimes it beggars belief what some parents will do, always wonder if they really dont care or really just dont think, i like to think its the latter



    hehe... you took ya time!:p

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    guv;6742736

    hehe... you took ya time!:p



    yeah on a head in shed day today, to much searching the net going on:oops:

    guv;6742702

    Not a tip..... just reality (Especially in Portugal.)Don't think a kid … Not a tip..... just reality (Especially in Portugal.)Don't think a kid going missing presumed dead can get much worse in the "as long as nothing happens" stakes!



    But hey, they were doctors and it must be OK if they did it!!

    guv;6742623

    Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday … Nah.... Its ok to leave your 2 year old all evening when your on holiday and want to go to the restaurant and go on the lash. (Seriously)



    If you are a doctor then yes.

    Last year I was in a car park near a community centre waiting for my son, got there a good 15/20 minutes early. As soon as I parked I noticed there was a child in the next car, about 18 months old, screaming in a car seat in the back. I looked round, no-one, not even a window from the community centre overlooking the car park, so no one keeping an eye on this child. The kid was distraught at this point, another 5 minutes had gone, I tried the doors and unbelievably it was unlocked, I was livid, tried talking to the baby to try and soothe or calm her down and in the end I leant in and popped her dummy in. I didnt want to leave her now and go into the centre to look for the parent especially as I couldn't lock the door, and shouldn't have to be faced with this problem anyway. So I phoned the police. They said they would come straight away, we're talking 20 minutes have gone by now and goodness knows how long she was alone before I got there. A few more minutes passed and I could hear sirens and low and behold this woman comes out of the community centre and runs over to me to see why im near her car I presume, I told her that the police sirens were for her benefit as I had called them and, wait for it, SHE STARTED HURLING ABUSE AT ME!!!! I wanted to strangle the cow, telling me she left her because she didnt want to disturb her as she was asleep, well here's some news, THEY WAKE UP! My son arrived and i left before I did anything. Im telling the woman she was lucky I wern't a 'bad' person as it would have been payday for me and she's saying dont be so bluddy stupid, the cheek of it, I should have took the kid and hid behind a bush, she would have shat herself then!!!

    Oh and I personally dont leave my child in the car at the petrol station either, have seen plenty of those video clip shows where they explode, I mean it only takes someone stupid with a cigarette or whatever other thing can happen, I'd rather not take that chance, mine comes with me.

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    Whoops OP - social services been round again?

    it should be illegal. Youd think it would be. Any child alone in a car or house under say erm 11 yrs.
    especially after the doctors episode !!!!!
    I would never leave my little uns in the car, not even petrol station or outside chippy.
    I see some do it outside school and they cant see theyre cars, from the playground.

    if it isn't it should be.

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    It is in certain states in the US

    In the UK
    direct.gov.uk/en/…fet...

    says 'Parents can be prosecuted for neglect if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’ (Children and Young Person’s Act).'

    Although the web page is specifically concerned with leaving children alone at home, I would guess that leaving them alone strapped in a car would constitute similar neglect under the same Act.

    My daughter goes ballistic if I try to leave her (I wouldn't at the shops, but I like to wind her up by getting out quick and pretending to walk off).

    Anyone that gets the kids out at a petrol station are bellends though, lock the doors and as long as you can see them they can see you and all will be calm.

    Banned

    pinkleponkle;6743319

    My daughter goes ballistic if I try to leave her (I wouldn't at the … My daughter goes ballistic if I try to leave her (I wouldn't at the shops, but I like to wind her up by getting out quick and pretending to walk off).Anyone that gets the kids out at a petrol station are bellends though, lock the doors and as long as you can see them they can see you and all will be calm.



    and the caring parents who get their kids out at a petrol station are the bell ends, i think not :roll:

    I think so, you are gone 2 minutes. I hope I dont get stuck behind you at the tills.

    pinkleponkle;6743319

    My daughter goes ballistic if I try to leave her (I wouldn't at the … My daughter goes ballistic if I try to leave her (I wouldn't at the shops, but I like to wind her up by getting out quick and pretending to walk off).Anyone that gets the kids out at a petrol station are bellends though, lock the doors and as long as you can see them they can see you and all will be calm.



    Course not, they are just looking after their children!

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    pinkleponkle;6743336

    I think so, you are gone 2 minutes. I hope I dont get stuck behind you … I think so, you are gone 2 minutes. I hope I dont get stuck behind you at the tills.



    you wont, i dont drive but i aint sad enough to pretend to leave my kid just so they will go ballistic, although does she not go ballistic in the 2 minutes you are waiting at the till, or do you only fill up when you havent got your child

    she doesnt go ballistic because she can see me while I am paying for petrol, as long as you can always see them they can always see you. I can't remember the last time I have seen any parent take the kids out at a petrol station. Imagine the queue and irate drivers behind as you are strapping them back in.

    i dont tk kids out the car at petrol station. i should ..i know i should. and i feel so nervous leaving them.

    In the UK social services would take a very dim view of anyone leaving their child in a car locked or unlocked while they went into a store even if it was just for a second or two.

    Same reasoning when a Mum/Dad/Carer leaves a child in a buggy outside a store to pop in just literally for a pint of milk. I've known assessments started on the back of reports such as this.

    Don't do it it isnt worth it. It only takes a moment for someone to snatch your child and social services will see it as possible evidence of neglect.

    As for petrol stations, pay at the pump or take the kiddies in with you.

    Seriously, don't underestimate the dangers out there.

    pinkleponkle;6743336

    I think so, you are gone 2 minutes. I hope I dont get stuck behind you … I think so, you are gone 2 minutes. I hope I dont get stuck behind you at the tills.



    Why does it take YOU longer at the till if I take my daughter with me? I'm confused :? Do you wait behind me at the car and then follow me in to wait behind me and pay :roll:

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    pinkleponkle;6743377

    she doesnt go ballistic because she can see me while I am paying for … she doesnt go ballistic because she can see me while I am paying for petrol, as long as you can always see them they can always see you. I can't remember the last time I have seen any parent take the kids out at a petrol station. Imagine the queue and irate drivers behind as you are strapping them back in.



    each to their own, you feel comfortable leaving your child in a locked car, others don't, but to say you like wacthing her going ballistic then calling others who dont leave them bell ends is a bit much really

    defo respect to those who make effort of taking kids out to pay at petorl station. id say im a bell end by leaving them in there..although i watch them all the time etc.

    Banned

    I try to let the missus out at petrol stations.... to pay for the petrol. It always seems to upset her!

    magicbeans;6743381

    i dont tk kids out the car at petrol station. i should ..i know i should. … i dont tk kids out the car at petrol station. i should ..i know i should. and i feel so nervous leaving them.



    I dont see why....with the amount of cars in a confined area?!?! I personally think there are certain places where kids are better off in the car (like petrol stations) so long as the car is secure (windows closed and doors locked...it isnt going to get too warm in the 2 mins it takes to pay) but at most places like shopping centres, roadsides and general car parks leaving kids in the car shouldnt even be an option

    sassie;6743394

    each to their own, you feel comfortable leaving your child in a locked … each to their own, you feel comfortable leaving your child in a locked car, others don't, but to say you like wacthing her going ballistic then calling others who dont leave them bell ends is a bit much really



    WELL SAID SASS

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    magicbeans;6743404

    defo respect to those who make effort of taking kids out to pay at petorl … defo respect to those who make effort of taking kids out to pay at petorl station. id say im a bell end by leaving them in there..although i watch them all the time etc.



    Im not having a go at you mb (you havn't been offensive) but I just wanted to state that although you are watching them how would you feel if you watched a car crash into yrs or blow up on the forecourt, you would be helpless, its not worth it in my opinion, a hell of a lot can happen in 2 minutes and im not being hysterical but I bet Denise Bulger wishes she had never left her child for 2 minutes either, I know thats dramatic but just beacause you think its not going to happen doesn't mean it isnt, Im not aiming this as horrible towards you you understand just expressing my opinion :thumbsup:
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