There's this really...pardon me for saying it....childish attitude at MDC that the "MAN" is out to get you. The attitude of paranoia is really weird.
In short. Grow up. Take your child inside with you. Anything else is inexcusable. I will call the police. I don't care if you are rich or poor. I don't care if you are the best mother in the world or if you have a CPS record a mile long. Leaving a child unattended in a parking lot for any length of time is naive, careless and stupid.
I almost quoted your first paragraph saying that I agree with you strongly, but then I read the rest of the post and I have to say that you really contradicting yourself here.
First you say that there is really wierd attitude and fear here that "men" is gonna get you, and next second you say TAKE YOUR CHILD WITH YOU, always, because anything could happen to it? That's totally contraditing what you just said about the paranoia. :
I can't buy all the fear. I worry about my child, but I don't think about it excesivelly. I'd have to go NUTS! I go nuts thinking about it sometimes! I will leave my child in my car for even 5 minutes, parked behind my house, if he is sleeping, to go inside and get the bed ready for him, get the groceries inside or whatever else I need to do FIRST. WHY on Earth should I worry about him?
I'd think that everyone on this forum is responsible enough not to put their child into any type of danger, at least not purpously. I am sure every woman evaluates situation and makes a decision based on circumstances given at that time. I have two kinds, I am not gonna take them out of the car so I can pay for a gas. That's just not necessary.