Horrible Parenting Day in Connecticut
It’s apparently bad parenting day at CTBoom. The stories of terrible things that parents are doing today are outstanding. This includes a New Britain couple that left their children unattended while they went shoplifting.
When I first learned about this couple, I assumed they left their children that were probably teenagers in the car… Not that it would be acceptable to do something like that but it would be somewhat understandable… No. Allegedly their five-year-old son was found pushing his three-year-old little brother on the sidewalk. People became concerned when the five-year-old veered off the sidewalk and into the parking lot. Cars had to swerve around them. Then a woman witnessed a man come out of the Sports Authority in the West Farm shopping area and gather the children. As if it wasn’t strange enough to watch two unattended toddlers, when the father approached them he pulled a pair of sneakers out of his pants and put them in the stroller.
When police did arrive, they found the parents Carlos Luis Lopez, 57, and his wife Kimberly Ann Lopez, 43, with the children. Not only did they have their children back in their possession but also about $300 worth of stolen clothing. They were both arrested. Kids were turned over to family members.
You know when you don’t pay your real estate taxes and they put your house and how much you owe on a billboard in City Hall? (Yes, that happens) I think parents who do stupid things like this should be publicly shamed. It’s one thing to be a shoplifter- It’s another to put your kids lives in danger while you steal sneakers and shove them down your pants. I would like to propose a huge billboard that is displayed in either New Haven or Bridgeport (or any Connecticut major city with tons of traffic) that has pictures of these terrible parents and a short 140-character blurb as to what they did. Not that I think public shaming would be a big enough deterrent, but if we can save one kid from idiotic parents it will be worth it.
Source: Courant.com Image: Farmington Police Department August 6, 2013