Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Been Some Time Since I've Had a Really Good Stupid Rant....

Friday, January 21, 2011.....



Yesterday, as I was looking for a parking space at my local grocery store, I happened upon the stupidest mother yet....or one that obviously doesn't grasp the concept of cause and effect.

Let me explain....

I was driving my car at a slow parking lot speed, however, this still means the motor is running and the car is moving while I drive down one aisle of parking spaces to find a spot. I'm not going fast, but the CAR IS STILL MOVING.

Now that you have a visual of a slow moving car in a parking lot, you should know I don't always find a space in aisle 1 and need to drive down another aisle requiring me to drive around a small corner to go down the next aisle. However, when approaching a curve, there is often a hidden spot drivers can't see, and, in my case, it was the world's stupidest mom with 2 small kids (we're talking kids as tall as the top of the hood of my VW Passat - so not that tall).

Luckily, I'm driving slow parking lot speed because her kids were running in the area where cars are permitted to drive. As I'm turning the corner, she sees me, sees I'm coming her way, and you know what she does....yup, you got it, NOTHING.

What's that about? I was thinking to self why isn't this woman corralling her kids to the side out of the path of the car? Does she want her kids to come face-to-metal with a car that is much heavier than her small children? Didn't she learn from her mom you don't run towards the moving car but away?

If 1+1= 2, doesn't she recognize a moving car + kids running into said moving vehicle = dead, flat or injured kid?

I don't think I'm dating myself by thinking it stupid to let kids run into traffic (I'm defining traffic as any area where there are moving vehicles in your path), but maybe I am dating self and just don't know it.

34 comments:

BeckEye said...

I can't even begin to express my frustration with the levels of stupidity that can be found in a parking lot. The people who think "right of way" means "it's perfectly OK to blindly step off the curb into a stream of oncoming cars." The people who walk down the MIDDLE of the aisle to get to their cars and keep turning around and looking at you but NOT MOVING when you're trying to drive through. The idiots who leave their dogs in their cars while they go shopping for an hour. The morons who will leave a cart right next to their parking space when there is a cart return station 2 spaces away. Etc. etc. ETC.

KLo said...

Some people are very, very ignorant. Speaking for myself, I might go too far to the other extreme ... I have an almost Garp-like overprotective approach to parenting that has kept my kids from ever coming close to getting hit by cars in parking lots ... but has at the same time perhaps kept them from picking up some of the "street smarts" that are helpful in life.

DB said...

Great rant. And yes, that is one stupid mom.

You've Got to Be Kidding Me said...

I still make my seven-year-old hold my hand. I think he hopes I'll stop sometime before he graduates from college.

Brian Miller said...

suggest nominating her for a darwin award...smiles.

Lora said...

oh my god. I know you panicked. I hate untethered children. Well, I hate their mothers. And sometimes fathers.

Jerks.

Jerks, jerks, jerks.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

UGH. I think there are too many people out there who have let the common sense they were born with evaporate into the ether. Or maybe she just wanted you to hit the kids so she could sue you for millions? What a douchebagette.

Heckety said...

Ha! You sure hit a nerve with this one! I totally agree that stupid mothers are so stupid that you'd wonder how they actually managed to have the child in the first place...nooooo, don't comment on that one....but honestly! As a friend of mine often says,'you need a licence to keep a dog, what about children?'

Andrea said...

Oh absolutely! I echo every single comment above...the Darwin award especially! Love it. And also the people who walk right down the middle of the aisle where you're supposed to drive. Them, I see as unbelievably self-important and a**holes because they will inconvenience you *just because they can. Hate that. Good rant.

J.J. in L.A. said...

What Vegetable Assassin said. I'm going with the "sue the pants off her" scenario. Or maybe it was a "I dare you to" moment for that broad.

Reminds me of the time we were camping in a National Park and my (then) 2 y.o. nephew ran onto the main road. My s-i-l yells at my brother, "Go get your son!" Never mind that she was about 20 feet closer.

Sassy Sassy said...

Grrrr... at least she wasn't on her cell phone too.

I've become so angry seeing distracted moms on their cell phones while walking through parking lots and not paying attention to their own children running amok in front of moving vehicles, or vehicles backing out of their parking spaces.

Makes me livid!

TechnoBabe said...

People seem to have become slow minded and slow witted as well as slow reactions. Personally I think it is partially due to sitting stupidly in front of the TV for most of their lives, but that just my opinion. Moms are unable to react or think wisely. But they are still popping out the babies. Not all mothers are like the one you met in the parking lot though. There are so many great moms who teach their kids and encourage their kids to think and behave safely.

gayle said...

It always amazes me the parents that don't hold their kids hands or even watch them!

P said...

Unfortunately, some people really ARE that stupid. And probably the kids will turn out the same. It's sad.

Jewels Diva® said...

Some parents need a kick up the arse themselves. If the kids get run over they're all set to sue and have you hauled off to jail for killing their kids never mind that they didn't control their children in the first place.

Logical Libby said...

You actually want people to watch their kids? But then they get no "me time."

Mrs4444 said...

That mom is apparently numb in the head.

Just stopping by to see if you still host R&R Wednesday...

Voices in My Head said...

Let's see...you have to have a license to drive a car, but they let anyone be a parent....

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AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

Love this post, love the blog. I'm tired of clueless and lackadaisical parenting these days. Not that I'm a parent, but being able to corral your kids in public seems, well, innate.

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Shannon said...

She was probably happy that her kids were running towards the car. She was just thinking to herself, "Yay! I can be free again!"

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