shutterstock_143715760__1372856095_74.134.205.46What is up with people leaving their children or their pets in sweltering hot cars in the middle of summer with the windows rolled up while they go shopping or drinking or whatever? I don’t even leave my LIPSTICK in my car when it’s hot out. I just can’t imagine the mindset of people who do this, but according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution we have yet another mother who just had to go get her K-mart on:

A Buford woman is facing charges after allegedly telling her 5-year-old son to hide under a towel on the floor of her car and leaving him alone while she shopped at a Covington Kmart, police said.

Mary Amber Moore, 32, faces charges of contributing to the deprivation of a minor, obstructing a law enforcement officer and tampering with evidence in connection with the incident that happened Saturday night at a Covington Kmart.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, a passerby contacted 911 after seeing the crying child alone in the car with the windows up.

Officers found the boy in the unlocked car “sitting on the floor of the back seat of the car, sweating and holding a towel.”

“The car the juvenile was in was sitting in direct sunlight in the middle of the parking lot, without shade on an 89-degree day,” the police incident report said.

The boy said his mother told him “to stay in the car and stay on the floor with the towel covering (him), so as not to be seen,” according to police.

The story gets more bizarre because when the cops searched her purse they found a bunch of perscription bottles containing things like Adderall which the mom tried to swallow when she was being arrested. The little boy is safe with a relative now but I feel horrible for him being locked in a car. Was it that hard to take him in the store with her? And now I’m going to get even more judgey because when I tried to look up stories like this the majority of them (when related to shopping) happen at places like Wal Mart and K-mart, which means that moms who are buying junk at Target do it less often. You can take from that what you will but I have decided that K-mart shoppers are worse parents than Target shoppers. I’m just joking so before you guys get all pissy at me for making this sweeping generalization, let’s all get mad instead at people who also leave their poor dogs trapped in hot cars while they go to buy bulk paper towels. I think we should all form a vigilante group and wander discount store parking lots and rescue kids and pets left in hot cars. I will buy us all frappes if you design the logo for our Mommy Hot Car Rescue league!

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