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Houston sheriffs successfully nabbed a would-be kidnapper and car thief using the Find My iPhone feature found on Apple's iOS devices.

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As a 5-year-old boy waited for his father in the family's SUV outside a Houston, Tex., liquor store on Monday night, a would-be car thief jumped in the driver's seat and took off, ABC 13 reported on Tuesday. After contacting the authorities, the father began tracking the stolen vehicle.

"The father had an iPad that he'd taken in with him and he utilized that iPad with the iPhone that was in the car and was able to track it," Lt. Wayne Schultz of the Harris County Constable's Office said.

The constables on scene then relayed the information to the Harris County Sheriff's office, who distributed the information to their deputies in near-real time. Deputies eventually caught up with the SUV and returned the child to his family unharmed.

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Why did this irresponsible father leave:
1. his keys in the car
2. his kid in the car
?
post #3 of 39
Great story except the part about the 5 year old kid alone in his Dad's car at night at a liquor store.
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Was the father already drunk? What kind of dad would leave son behind and go buy  liquor?

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Was it 'Let's take our children to the liqour store day'?

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Why did this irresponsible father leave:
1. his keys in the car
2. his kid in the car
?

 

Who leaves their phone in the car and grabs their iPad to run into the liquor store?

Shouldn't it be the other way around?

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What kind of father leaves his iPhone in the car but takes his iPad into a liqueur store?
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Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella View Post
 

 

Who leaves their phone in the car and grabs their iPad to run into the liquor store?

Shouldn't it be the other way around?

 

Who leaves their kid in the car but takes their iPad instead.

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post #9 of 39
Same as all above. Leave your 5 year old in a car while you go to a liquor store??????????

It seems the more intelligent devices get, the more stupid humanity becomes.
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Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post

Why did this irresponsible father leave:
1. his keys in the car
2. his kid in the car
?

 

Because he knew that Apple would look after him? 

 

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What kind of father leaves his iPhone in the car but takes his iPad into a liqueur store?

 

Store e-catalogue? This happens now. (I'd have taken my keys, iPad, iPhone and... oh, yes... something else, don't tell, I'll get this...)

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The reason to leave the kid in the car is the child carseat. They are a necessary hastle, as a matter of I e management, he could've gone in and got whatever he wanted in less time than it takes get the child in and out of the seat. As for the keys, that could be a small town thing. The iPad? I have no idea.
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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

Who leaves their kid in the car but takes their iPad instead.

Well, you're allowed to take your iPad into the store. You can't take the child in.

Of course, that doesn't justify the idiotic behavior of leaving a child AND the keys in a car when going into a liquor store.
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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

Who leaves their kid in the car but takes their iPad instead.
Was thinking the same thing. Takes his iPad but leaves car keys and child.

Priorities.

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Well, you're allowed to take your iPad into the store. You can't take the child in.

Of course, that doesn't justify the idiotic behavior of leaving a child AND the keys in a car when going into a liquor store.

Adults aren't allowed to bring their kids into the liquor store?

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Well, you're allowed to take your iPad into the store. You can't take the child in.

Of course, that doesn't justify the idiotic behavior of leaving a child AND the keys in a car when going into a liquor store.

 

Leaving a child in a car alone, keys or no keys, is idiotic.

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post #16 of 39

This proves that Apple products are only owned by imbeciles. /s

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post #17 of 39
In a twisted way there is logic to the whole thing.

1. The kid was in the car and in Texas this time of year it is still warm. So keys in the car so the AC is on.
2. Kid was likely playing a game on the phone. Or it was small enough it would go into a side pocket or the mid well that has a cover. iPad too big for that and perhaps dad doesn't let the kid play with it. So better to take it inside than risk someone seeing it and breaking a window to get I
3. I believe Texas is one of the states that bans anyone under 21 from being in a liquor store. So of course the kid would be left outside. And there might not be a mother to leave him at home with

So in this guys mind it all made sense.

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post #18 of 39
Be thankful for dumb people. They allow the existence of smart people.

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Are people really going in on the dad for going to make a quick stop at the store? If it was a convenient store would it have been better? What if he got out and went to pay for gas at a gas station? 

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The reason to leave the kid in the car is the child carseat. They are a necessary hastle, as a matter of I e management, he could've gone in and got whatever he wanted in less time than it takes get the child in and out of the seat. As for the keys, that could be a small town thing. The iPad? I have no idea.

Small town thing? As in- the 4th largest city in America "small town"?

Harris county is Houston- it wasn't a burb

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The reason to leave the kid in the car is the child carseat. They are a necessary hastle, as a matter of I e management, he could've gone in and got whatever he wanted in less time than it takes get the child in and out of the seat. As for the keys, that could be a small town thing. The iPad? I have no idea.

 

A five year old would be in a booster seat. It uses only the regular seat belt. And even car seats are quick to fasten and unfasten.

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Are people really going in on the dad for going to make a quick stop at the store? If it was a convenient store would it have been better? What if he got out and went to pay for gas at a gas station? 

 

You take the kid with you. Always.

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Originally Posted by AdonisSMU View Post
Are people really going in on the dad for going to make a quick stop at the store? If it was a convenient store would it have been better? What if he got out and went to pay for gas at a gas station? 

 

So you don't have kids. Anything else you want to tell us?

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post #24 of 39

May I be the first to say - Yah! Score one for the good guys!

 

We all make mistakes, happy endings are good.

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post #25 of 39

The father was a moron for leaving his car unlocked with his kid inside while going to buy drugs.

 

On the bright side,  the father was an Apple user and both the child and car were able to be retrieved.

 

In related news, 184 children of Android users have gone missing in the past twelve months. To date, only 3 have been located so far.:no:

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In a twisted way there is logic to the whole thing.

1. The kid was in the car and in Texas this time of year it is still warm. So keys in the car so the AC is on.
2. Kid was likely playing a game on the phone. Or it was small enough it would go into a side pocket or the mid well that has a cover. iPad too big for that and perhaps dad doesn't let the kid play with it. So better to take it inside than risk someone seeing it and breaking a window to get I
3. I believe Texas is one of the states that bans anyone under 21 from being in a liquor store. So of course the kid would be left outside. And there might not be a mother to leave him at home with

So in this guys mind it all made sense.

 

Nicely done, and not at all twisted.

 

Far too much rushing to jump on a guy with a bare minimum of fact.   Leaving a kid for a minute should not go down as an open invite for them to be snatched, or auto-condemned as irresponsible behaviour.  If you have kids, you leave them alone sometimes.  You can't watch them 24-7.

 

Can we just chalk this up as a happy ending with a tech angle without all the snap-judgement?

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So you don't have kids. Anything else you want to tell us?

He has a point, how many people remove their kids from the car seat and take them in to pay for their gas? Not many because I see it happen constantly.
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Originally Posted by WisdomSeed View Post

The reason to leave the kid in the car is the child carseat. They are a necessary hastle, as a matter of I e management, he could've gone in and got whatever he wanted in less time than it takes get the child in and out of the seat. As for the keys, that could be a small town thing. The iPad? I have no idea.

Please don't have kids. There is no logical reason to leave a kid in a car...ever.
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Another preventable accident -- leaving the 5-year-old in the car with the keys in the ignition. Dude. Seriously. We love to read about Apple -- does Android even have a "find my android" feature? -- but next time be a great dad and take your 5-year old son into the liquor store.
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Houston ? A small town thing. Really ?
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You take the kid with you. Always.

That isn't even rational, it just isn't practical nor even wise. Think about it the next time you are parked at a gas station / convenience store and observe the number of people with small kids that leave them strapped in. It isn't just a time thing but responsible parent avoid exposing their kids to things that might not be suitable for their ages. In the case of liquor stores it may be illegal to even take the kid in the place or the store may have policies against it.

In the end it is far more responsible to leave the kid in the car than to leave him at home alone. Frankly I think you suffer from the "blame the victim mentality" that has swept the country with Obama in office.
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Please don't have kids. There is no logical reason to leave a kid in a car...ever.
Baloney.
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Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post

That isn't even rational, it just isn't practical nor even wise. Think about it the next time you are parked at a gas station / convenience store and observe the number of people with small kids that leave them strapped in. It isn't just a time thing but responsible parent avoid exposing their kids to things that might not be suitable for their ages. In the case of liquor stores it may be illegal to even take the kid in the place or the store may have policies against it.

In the end it is far more responsible to leave the kid in the car than to leave him at home alone. Frankly I think you suffer from the "blame the victim mentality" that has swept the country with Obama in office.

Then don't take your kid. Chances are there are two parents. One can stay with the kid.

How many times has a "quick" trip turn into 20 min, 30 min, "omg I forgot my kid's in the car" trip?
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"As for the keys, that could be a small town thing."
Houston is a small town?
Compared to Shanghai, I guess so.
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Adults aren't allowed to bring their kids into the liquor store?

Not in most states. To be honest, I didn't check whether it was OK in the state involved in this case.
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How many times has a "quick" trip turn into 20 min, 30 min, "omg I forgot my kid's in the car" trip?

My father said he was "just running to the liquor store" before he left... 20 years ago.

post #37 of 39

Why is everyone jumping to the conclusion he left the keys in the car?  He could have had remote start and left it running using the remote start and taken the keys with him.  I do this all the time in my truck.

 

Also it was 8:30 at night, I would say there was a good chance the kid was probably sleeping in the back seat, and that was why the dad didn't take him in.  Would you really wake your kid up to take them inside the store real quick?

 

As far as why he took the ipad in, but not the iphone, I'm not sure that does seem kind of strange.  Maybe he knew somebody that worked there and was going to let them borrow it?  Maybe he wasn't even buying liqour just dropping the iPad off, which would be a real quick stop and another reason he might not have taken the kid in.

 

Seems like everyone is jumping to a lot of conclusions and judging the dad without knowing the whole story.  Of course that seems to be what everyone does all the time now days.

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Maybe we'll get "Find my Car" in iOS for the car.

 

Useful for this and for those pesky mall parking lots. And NSA. Shhh.

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Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella View Post

Who leaves their phone in the car and grabs their iPad to run into the liquor store?
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie 
What kind of father leaves his iPhone in the car but takes his iPad into a liqueur store?
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Originally Posted by island hermit 
Who leaves their kid in the car but takes their iPad instead.
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Originally Posted by jragosta 
Well, you're allowed to take your iPad into the store. You can't take the child in.
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Originally Posted by Tulkas 
Takes his iPad but leaves car keys and child.

lol.gif This is like one of those puzzles where you can't leave the chicken with the wolf or the chicken with the grain.

The solution is to leave a security guard (significant other) behind at all times to stop anything bad happening. That way you can leave any combination of anything. The kid, the wife, the iPhone, the iPad, the keys can all stay in the car while dad's in the liquor store.
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