Tuesday OT: Father puts child into auto-locking washer in laundromat

Today’s open thread is brought to you by parents who FAIL at being parents. And just so some of you fuddy-duddies from the last open thread understand, I’m not laughing at this one:

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  • Mark Smith

    What did they do, run straight out of that place to a lawyer’s office? Idiots say: How dare that laundrymat let idiots in! Now you’re gonna pay.

  • Oh GOOD LORD! I swear people have no sense of anything anymore, nor any kind of critical thinking skills at all. I’m not going to completely shift the blame, but I do believe the past few decades of gubmint school has a hand in this. I sure hope that baby is ok- but he needs new parents!

    • GreenBeretWay

      . I sure hope that baby is ok- but he needs new parents!

      When he arrives at his foster home at least he’ll have clean clothes!

      It’s probably mean to laugh but this reminds me of the kid stuck in the prize claw machine.

      • Now THAT one was funny! πŸ˜‰ How are you myShrekyGreenBeret?

        • GreenBeretWay

          I’m outstanding.How is my favorite Duck today.I haven’t heard an update on your health.I hope your feeling better.You know I am going to harass you to go to the doc if your still ill.

      • PS- I won’t keep calling you Shreky, but I love the new look πŸ™‚ Noticed it the other day, but didn’t get a chance to tell you.. I LIKE it!

        • GreenBeretWay

          I figured I have been here long enough it was time to try and fit in with the crowd.
          The shadowy generic figure told me i couldn’t use his picture anymore so who better then a giant green ogre.

          PS Health? Are you trying to avoid the question?

          • I like it. Ogre ha! Anyone with little trumpets coming out of his head must be precious! πŸ™‚ As for my health… hmmm. I was getting better. Went to church last wed. night for my son’s AWANA group end of the year thingy and Iwent to church on Sunday for the first time in a month…. but now I feel like I might be getting round 2. Pray I’m not, or at least that it will be mild and gone fast. There’s a bug still going around. I don’t feel too bad, just yucky tummy and head ache. But I did have a nap and feel better rested and am back on here πŸ™‚ You’re sweet for asking. And I’m glad your outstanding, but I knew that anyway!

            • Nukeman60

              I suspect you have a common disease that’s going on around here. Have faith, it all goes away with the cure in November. Other than that, take care of yourself. There are many that depend on you. Your health is important.

              PS, love your new avatar. I thought only those of us that worked in Nuclear plants glowed green in the dark. It is convenient, not ever having to turn on a light. πŸ™‚

              • LOL You make me smile Nukefriend. πŸ™‚ Thanks. I’m not feeling too bad right now- maybe it is the glow that makes me feel better!

            • GreenBeretWay

              Round II is not acceptable ABC. I agree with Nukeman we DO depend on you here.
              I am sorry I didn’t get back to responding yesterday but when work calls I can’t disregard. I want you to call your family doc and have some tests run. It could be as simple as a urinary tract infection.Do you have a fever? Even a low grade fever? Do you have well water? Do you filter your water? Have you been out of the country where you might have been introduced to a parasite of some type? See this is why you need to call the doc if this continues. Dr.Shrek & the RS family love you and I for one am concerned. You are a tough lady but not so tough that I won’t track you down and haul your duck butt to the doctor.

              • LOL Duck butt. That’s different! Round 2 yeah. Not fun, but no, I don’t think it’s a parasitic, but it is working itself through my body. In fact, I was just getting ready to go have a nap for abit. I don’t have a fever, so that’s good. We do have well water, but we don’t drink it, we buy bottled. I do appreciate your concern though Doc, and if it doesn’t go away soon, I’ll probably have to give in and go get checked out. My husband said the same last night- even though he’s still got a touch of round 1! His sister is a nurse, so if I feel lousy still in a few days, I’ll talk to her. πŸ˜€

                • GreenBeretWay

                  He has it too? Does your son have any symptoms?

                • He’s the one who gave it to us in the first place. He was over it in 2 days- coughing and stomach stuff and a lot of sinus stuff which contributed to his stomach stuff. I cought it next, then my huband, and we both always get it longer than the boy has it. He did it with the flu last year too. He had that a couple of days first, then Michael and I both had it for nearly a month. I was the last to get over it.
                  I think its a bug going around, because a couple of people at church were getting over the same thing- and with my immune system just getting better, I probably re caught it. Michael’s almost over his, and I hope that’s it. He’s on his last week or 2 of work, and he can’t afford to miss it. πŸ™ Seasonal work.
                  PS- just got up from a nap, and I’m hungry πŸ™‚ That’s a good sign! lol

                • GreenBeretWay

                  If multiple people have the same symptoms that’s actually good.It means it’s not just an isolated illness affecting you and family.That said,you need to put your pinky on the computer & pinky swear to go to the doctor if this continues.
                  Rest,water and yes hunger is good.Just ate burnt baked chicken & rice.I blew it and forgot to set the timer.LOL

                • DOH! I’ve done that before! That happens to the best of us lol. I promise, if it doesn’t go away soon, I’ll find me a way to go get a check up. You are so sweet. And you gave me an idea for dinner tomorrow πŸ˜‰ only not burnt.

                • GreenBeretWay

                  I’m going to try making stuffed peppers tomorrow.I enjoy the challenge of cooking it just doesn’t work out all the time. “I’ll find me a way to go get a check up” ???

                • OK- I WILL go get a check up if it’s not gone soon πŸ™‚ That’s better. My mom used to make stuffed peppers a lot. I always ate the yummy stuff inside and left the pepper lol! I love to cook. Back home when I worked at a ski club in the winter in the kitchen, I’d go in on the closed days to experiment with the left overs. People used to love my concoctions πŸ˜‰

  • And these people are allowed to vote, drive, and buy firearms. That makes me very sad.

    • Nukeman60

      These people are why I buy firearms, vote the way I do, and drive as far away from them as possible.

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    Darwin’s Law of Natural Selection (survival of the fittest).

  • Sheya

    Yes, it was a stupid thing to do, but they didn’t mean bad, they didn’t know it was an auto-lock and clearly were only going to leave the kid in for 2 seconds.

    We’ve all done stupid, photo moments, with our kids. Had the parents put the kid in, taken a photo and taken him out without the auto lock problem we’de all be cheering how cute it looks.

    So, yes it was stupid, but I wouldn’t be to hard on those parents who clearly care about the kid.

    • badbadlibs

      “Caring” without wisdom can be very hazerdous. At the very least these people should be made to take some good solid parenting classes and better pass with flying colors.

    • CardiClan

      No, sorry, fail. You NEVER take a chance with a kid. NEVER.

      • K-Bob

        Yet sadly, people still send their kids to government schools.

    • DeFeRa

      Are you serious?! You think it is possible for a child in a laundry appliance to be something funny?!

    • DeFeRa

      Are you serious? Under what circumstances would ‘we’ be cheering and considering it cute to put a child in a laundry appliance?! Even for the briefest moment! Sheesh!!!

      • Sheya

        You’re missing my point. I’m not defending their actions and not saying it’s OK to put a kid into an appliance. My point is that it’s one thing giving those parents a good talking it’s another thing writing them off completely just because they screwed up.

        The internet is full of videos and photos of parents doing stupid things with their kids, but just because there were no accidents we laugh it off. Unfortunately in this case it didn’t go very well end could have ended badly. This doesn’t not make those parents bad, it makes them parents who did something foolish and learned the hard way. You can bet they will never do it again.

        Parents often do stupid things with their kids for the sake of a perfect photo moment. I’m not saying it’s right, it’s just fact, parents do it.

        I just don’t believe in writing people off for good for one foolish action. People make mistakes. That’s all I’m saying

        • DeFeRa

          I’m not missing your point. You say: “The internet is full of videos and photos of parents doing stupid things with their kids, but just because there were no accidents we laugh it off.”
          We don’t laugh it off. I am not the only person who finds no amusement in ANYONE seeing such actions as amusing. THEY NEVER ARE. Imperfect behavior or stupidity are not excuses where harm to children potentially or actually occurs

          • kong1967

            I agree. People didn’t think it was a big deal when Jackson hung his baby over the balcony. Stupidity is a VERY good reason to have your children taken away.

        • kong1967

          Actually, I don’t laugh at videos where any child is in danger. I don’t find it funny at all.

        • K-Bob

          I get your point, Sheya. Looks like some missed it.

          Too many people get upset at country folks for teaching their kids to hunt from an early age, and they act like the country folks are just as bad as these parents. The fact is, we take chances with our kids in this world all the time. In some neighborhoods, leaving your kid in the car to pay for gas is EXACTLY as dumb as what these folks did. (Fortunately, in most neighborhoods, that’s not the case.)

    • kong1967

      Pushing somone off the cliff to the water far below without knowing how deep the water is only takes a second of brain fart. It happens, but mature people think about things like this before they act. Children don’t. This guy should not be a parent until he grows up, and I hope his stupid-ass went to jail.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Yeah, I saw this elsewhere either late yesterday or overnight (couldn’t sleep). The unit ACTUALLY started filling up with water. I can’t begin to tell you what these idiot dirtbags deserve.

    • kong1967

      Years ago, I stepped out of the car to pump gas and I locked the doors because my young daughter was inside. Big mistake because I left my keys in the ignition. My daughter began to panic when I couldn’t get back in. That was the worst feeling in my life, so I can imagine these parents were ten times what I felt.

      • proudairforcewife

        Thank you for posting, kong1967. I did the same thing! The paranoia of a $500 fine for leaving the car unlocked while in Europe had me locking the door all the time. My poor little girl got out of her car seat and tried to pull the door handle; when it wouldn’t open she panicked, jumped up and hit her head on the car roof. Didn’t help I had some jerk off telling everyone around (trying to help) I need to slow down; “kick a girl while she’s down a-hole; I wasn’t in a rush, butt munch”. I now put my keys in my pocket every time I get out of my car to pump gasoline. Also, I now put my keys and cell phone in my pocket instead of my purse so in case some one steals it, I still have my phone to call the police and a ride home!
        Unfortunately, our society is lacking in common sense. The dude was thinking out his @$$. If he has a conscience, it’s eating him alive, and I bet Mom would have loved to hit him instead of the table.

        • kong1967

          Did you just say “butt munch”? ROFLAO!! I love it!

          Yeah, it’s one thing to accidentally find yourself in a position when you are doing normal activity (like you), and another when you put your child in danger because you didn’t think about the consequences of a little fun.

    • keyesforpres

      That’s what I was wondering. The child could have easily drowned and/or broken his neck.

  • stage9

    OMG! What the HECK is he thinking???

    • warpmine

      Parallel to the same people thinking, be nice to have an unqualified ineligible 1/2 black guy for President.

  • If Obama had a son he’d be dizzy.

    • NYGino

      It’s in the genes.

  • Sorry, RS…. unfortunately I am old enough to remember having to go to these all the time when I was little. They’re not “laundry mats;” they’re “laundromats.”


  • Nukeman60

    I won’t be surprised when Congress passes a law (rushed through the process) that says all washing machines in all laundromats must have a posted sign, prominently displayed on the door – do not place child in machine (and don’t eat the soap, either). It will raise the cost of doing laundry by threefold.

    • ROFL! Thread winner!

    • Sheya

      Well, crib and stroller packaging that have pictures of babies on the box already have a disclaimer: Baby not included

  • c4pfan

    This just shows just how stupid people can be. I really feel for that boy!

  • Joe

    So What ?

    I took a bath like that when I was a baby

    GEEZZ!! – Much ado about nuttin’!

  • 3seven77

    Pardon my language, but what the F*CK is wrong with these people? Does anyone know if the kid is okay? I hope these two morons go to JAIL.

    We have a sad case playing out on the local news. Mother leaves two kids with her “boyfriend” so she can go to drug rehab. Boyfriend beats the kids. The infant has a brain hemmorrage, the three-year old has broken bones. The “father” in this case looks like he’s no prize winner either. These two kids drew the short straws all around. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but it doesn’t look good for these kids right now. So freaking sad.

    • kong1967

      That’s awful. I hope they bury the boyfriend under the jail….and the mother shouldn’t get off the hook, either. She left them with him and surely she knew he was violent.

    • nibblesyble

      Sometimes I hate the world we live in. I would just need two minutes with the ‘boyfriend” and he would see the meaning of abuse! The neglectful mother is worse because she is supposed to protect her kids. Am I sad? Yes, but I am furious more! I will have to channel that into some hearty prayers for them instead.

      • Psalm 37.

        • nibblesyble

          Thanks my friend, I am opening my Bible as soon as I am done with this post!

          • I read it again last night. Ahhhhhh. You’re more than welcome sister.

            • nibblesyble

              Soothing to the soul…think I will read it again before bed. God Bless!

    • DebbyX

      These cases bother so much. The poor kids. I had the best parents ever, I could write a book on all they did that was right. What a sad world we live in, these parents should be hunted down and _____________ (fill in the blank).

    • librtifirst

      This is what welfare gets us. We pay higher taxes so that these people can live off the system and help fund the drug cartel with their welfare checks. Then, every time they do something stupid, we lose liberties and pay more for government. The furtherance of this ignorance is generally concluded by the state abducting the children and paying someone else to raise them. If the children are lucky, they won’t be sexually abused by their new caretakers.

      This is America now.

  • kong1967

    On OV, people were writing it off as just a mistake.

    Mistake or not, irresponsibility is irresponsibility. If you can’t be trusted with the safety of your own kid then you should have them taken away. This is the type of guy that pushes you off the cliff to the water 200 feet below without knowing how deep the water is.


  • brendawatkins

    I hope the kid is okay!!

    • GraceKnows

      If you watch it on the YouTube site, there’s an explanation that all is (more or less) well.

  • SaraPFan

    Someone should have been calling 911 so that child protective services could have taken the child away from the parents. That is why they ran out of there so fast. Imagine what goes in the privacy of their home when cameras aren’t rolling.

  • keyesforpres

    That child could have broken his neck. Good heavens, was water pouring into the machine too? Absolutely sick.

  • Coralchristie

    Dad was playing with his son and obviously didn’t realize that the door would self-lock and start the cycle. The parents panic was evident and their terror apparent. Sometimes as parents we make bad choices and in this case, the outcome of a horrible decision was mitigated with help from the operator at the laundromat. There was no need for child services or any other action. These parents learned a lesson that they will never forget and never do again.

  • nehemiahreturns

    Decades ago I heard a story of a young mother at Zion National Park who came across a young bear and placed her baby with the bear to get a photograph. Needless to say the child did not survive.

    I believe this lack of total sense comes from a generation raised by television sets, video games and cartoons. Many are completely disconnected with reality.

    • Constance

      That is a terrible story about the bear and the baby. I had not heard that one, but I can’t imagine the horror of it. There are times I just don’t understand people… what is the breakdown in their minds that causes such stupidity?

      • nehemiahreturns

        It was 30 years ago, Constance, and sadly the stupidity has only gotton much worse.

  • Cindy09

    I am amazed that they didn’t realize that the washer had an auto lock. Obviously, they appear to be using one for their laundry. This is a stupid thing to do to put your child in the washer. I wonder how old the parents are?

  • I am half black so you racist can suck it) but I was not one bit surprised this couple was black!! And then the mom was angry and pounding tables at the dad when she clearly saw him do it, looks like he explained the action and she agreed! As I tell my kids at school, “you can’t fix stupid!!” Dumb or uneducated you can but stupid, like a tattoo of a girl you dated 25 years ago on your arm is permanent!!

  • FreeManWalking

    This is sad, but I wonder who will get the blame? The Manager, The Owner, the Manufacturer, or the Machine.

    Remember, Washing Machines don’t kill kids, STUPID parents do!

  • GraceKnows

    From Snopes, Obama’s administration pay raises. Check out the “Director of African-American Media,” among others!