Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by capoly, Feb 5, 2009.
Yes I would have helped the baby , that was an awsome video, sad that people walked by unconcerned
I would have immediately yelled LOUDLY for the parents, waited a few seconds for a responce, called 911 and tried to get into the car while they were on the way.
I was so impressed that no one got physical with the mother that I forgot to post my reaction. LOL
Yes, would have helped. Can't believe the people that didn't.
I was impressed, too. Must not be from my neck of the woods. Around here, people come to blows over far less than a baby in danger.
I would have helped. I'm impressed the man called 911 so quickly.
I probably would have put a brick through the windshield to get the baby out.
I guess it depends on how hot it was, but I certainly wouldn't have let her walk away without trying to call 911 again. I would have been frantic.
I would have helped this baby without hesitation and also called 911. I could not see the video, but know exactly what I would do!
I am amazed at people that do not want to get involved when something of this sort happens.
I do not know if it still works or not, but you used to be able to use a ballpoint pen in the corner of a vehicle window and break it. I have never had to do that, tho, so I do not know if that would still work or not.
The number of people who walked by and didn't care is astounding! God bless the few who would try to help in a situation like this. I know I would have called 911 immediately and if I thought the baby was in immediate danger, I probably would have busted the window to get to him/her.
Do you need a hammer along with the ballpoint pen?
:clap::clap: For those people that stopped!
i would have tried to help the baby also. you hear so much about people not wanting to get involved but i'm proud of these people that tried to help. the guy who called 911, the woman that told the "mother" off even though they didn't stop her from leaving again. i'm proud there are still people who care enough to raise he!!.
A pointed object works on the same theory as cutting a diamond. Diamonds have a kind of square internal crystal structure (I know that's not the correct geological term, but...), so while they're known for being hard to scratch, they're fairly easy for a jeweler to cut. Except it's not really "cut," as much as it is "break." You put a pointed object in the right spot, tap, and it tends to break cleanly along the planes. That's why you can get so many facets in a diamond, because it has an internal structure with lots of square plane surfaces. As opposed to, say, an emerald, which doesn't have the same kind of orderly internal structure--hence the big square-topped "emerald cut," because trying to facet an emerald will often just result in it shattering. (Which is also why large emeralds tend to be more expensive than, say, large sapphires--they're harder to cut. Plus, when they find a honking big zillion-carat gem in a mine somewhere, it's usually a sapphire and not an emerald--emeralds shatter too easily to be that large.)
Car windows are made of tempered safety glass, designed to break into little cubes rather than into shards. So using a punch is the same kind of principle as when the jeweler "taps" into a diamond--theoretically, it should break all of the little cubes apart, like when you use a wedge or the point of a chisel to split a log. Or like those Chocolate Oranges you get at Christmas, where if you whack it on the end, it will cleanly break open into equal "slices". Car windows have gotten a little tougher to break as they've gotten more anti-theft, though, plus people tend to panic when they're in a situation where a car window needs to be broken. Mythbusters did a show on what would and wouldn't work to break a car window in an emergency:
Sorry to get all off the topic with a lecture on gemstone structure and glass-breaking, but I live in a area with a lot of lakes and ponds, and people are always accidentally driving into ponds and lakes and then dying because they're unable to get out. (I can't imagine anything worse than being trapped in a car while it fills up with water. Except maybe being trapped in a fire.) You can get a little device called a center punch that will break the side window. Even better, you can get one that's kind of a small punch/hammer hybrid, with a seatbelt cutter on one end. (Because people freak out and can't remember how to get the seatbelt off in an emergency.) They're not that expensive, so everyone should have one under the front seat of the car or in the glovebox, or you can even get smaller one that go on your car keychain. I give them as Christmas gifts a lot...which makes people think I'm pretty odd, because I think it probably ranks up there with underwear and socks on the Undesirable Practical Gifts scale. But hey, one day it might be the best gift that person ever received. And in keeping with the theme of this forum, who knows, maybe one day someone will be able to use one to break out a car window and get away from a serial killer or something.
And, uh...back on topic: I have alerted security when someone left a baby in the car in the dead of winter. I was leaving campus late, and while I was walking to my car, I saw something move a bit in another car, and it was a baby in a car seat. I'm guessing a student couldn't find anyone to babysit, but didn't want to miss their once-a-week night class, so decided to leave the baby in the car and hope for the best. But our night classes are almost 3 hours long! And it was in the furthest parking lot, so I don't think there was much chance that someone just left the baby there while they ran in to turn in a paper or something. (Which would also be unforgivable.) Whoever the parent was, they probably parked as far out as possible so the car would be away from the parking lot lights and no one would notice the kid. Idiots. I jotted down the license plate number and then went straight to get campus police. I just don't understand people--it was the middle of winter, and I live in the snow-and-ice-storm midwest. I'm a stickler for attendance, but I always always always tell my students that there are lots of things that are more important than a grade in a class. And your kid's life is one of them. Geez.
And now, back to my habitual lurking mode...
LOL! No, not if it is done correctly! If I was in the habit of having a hammer along with me, I would just use a hammer!
ETA: Thanks, Mouse. That is the theory I was working with. Plus, I learned this while in LE.
I am AMAZED at the people who didn't do a dang thing. I hope they are ashamed and will think about their actions.
YES, I would have done whatever I could.
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