Mind boggling irresponsibility! Some people have no sense whatsoever!

Canada
November 9, 2012 2:47pm CST
I thought I'd seen people do stupid things on bicycles but this guy took the cake. I would have given him a piece of my mind except I was just completely flabbergasted speechless. I had just watched a young man weaving all over the road on his bike with a headset on and no helmet. A car tooted it's horn at him and he got out of the way. Cussed out the driver of the car. As soon as he is past I see another rider approaching from the other direction balancing some pink package on the handlebars between his hands. I thought that was a pretty stupid way to carry a package on the bike. One false move and even if you don't fall yourself you'll drop your cargo and probably break whatever it is. As he passed my jaw just about hit the sidewalk. The package was a baby riding backwards facing her unbelievably stupid father. I'm assuming it was a little girl and she was barely old enough to sit up by herself. No seat for the kid, just a winter outfit. No helmets on either one of them. I'm completely horrified. One false move and the baby girl probably dies. If I ever see something like that again, I hope I'm in a position to call the police. That's just inexcusable.
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14 responses
@peavey (16984)
• United States
9 Nov 12
How absolutely stupid! What is wrong with people, anyway?? I hope someone saw it who could get to a phone. That poor baby.
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
Incredibly stupid. Sorry to anyone following this for me not getting back to this sooner. I'm deep in my NaNoWriMo attempt and I saw it on a walking break between writing stints. Just had to get it off my chest. Kind of distracted me from the days work.
@peavey (16984)
• United States
11 Nov 12
Don't worry; we understand. Hope your NoNoWriMo is going well. I can certainly see how this incident would distract you from working.
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
I'm back on pace for NaNo after initially falling behind. Got to get after it tonight though.
@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
9 Nov 12
Seriously? Oh that is so wrong, I hope someone called them both in, especially the guy with the baby..
• Canada
11 Nov 12
This was one of those "Am I really seeing this?" moments. I hope he gets caught before something terrible happens.
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• United States
11 Nov 12
I agree, I'd hate to see someone get hurt because another was being stupid..:(
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@pecito (303)
• Bulgaria
10 Nov 12
I understand your disapproval of the irresponsible bikers and completely agree with you. When on the road we should be careful, showing great caution not only of our own lives but of the safety of the surrounding people as well. I hate seeing bikers go to extremes, performing dangerous stunts and trying to impress some senseless teenage audience. However, you are speaking of a grown-up father risking his child's life, not of some teenage boy. I think the society must do something and react against this by calling the police. Unfortunately, till they arrive, the biker will be gone...
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
Teenagers and irresponsibility sometimes goes hand in hand. I think most teenagers would still be smart enough not to do what this father was doing with his child. The way to report is to make sure that he is in the act when the police arrive or nothing will be done. If he does this regularly I will make sure that there is a police car waiting to witness his stunt riding.
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@ip5217 (1655)
• Philippines
10 Nov 12
In our country I would have to say there are a lot more here. People here are not really very fond of using helmets when riding a bike or motorcycle. The highest number of road accidents involves people riding a motorcycle. Ironically, these guys are very complacent. They're the ones who get mad first if they don't get things done their way.
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
I remember in college get a safety lecture from an older gentleman on a motorcycle who wasn't wearing a helmet in city traffic. I was hard to bite my tongue and not say anything back.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
10 Nov 12
It sure is. Now I do not lilke helmets because they mess up my hair. (By the way, if there is anyone who invents a helmet that does not, start inenting.) But that guy with the package, is there not baskets that go on bicycles that he could use and for the one with the baby, are there not specific baby seats for bicycles? But what I do not like is the weaving in and out of traffic. A car could run any of them down. Yes and the headset not a good idea. Since the guy does not have a helmet he would have to have very sensatiive hearing to gt out of the weay of a car.
• Canada
11 Nov 12
Virtually anything would be safer than carrying the baby the way he was. Putting a baby in a bike basket would be a slight improvement over what he was doing but still not a good idea. There are child seats that you can get for your bike. I had one years ago. You can also get a trailer the child can ride in. In both instances the child needs a proper helmet. I know helmets mess us your hair and I miss the feeling of the wind in my hair when I ride. It is the law though and I want to be a good example to my children. We all ride with helmets no questions asked.
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@blue65packer (11831)
• United States
10 Nov 12
Holy crap! When I think I have heard just about everything I hear a story like this! That father should be reported to social services and be charged with child endangerment! What a a total idiot! No common sense what so ever! The so called father is probaly one who has no idea how to be a good father and should not be a father in the first place! Unbelievible!
• Canada
11 Nov 12
He should. I'm not a fan of social services but this sort of this is not acceptable. Riding with a baby in that manner wouldn't even cross my mind.
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@bunnybon7 (46803)
• Holiday, Florida
9 Nov 12
omg, i hope you called as soon as you got somewhere to do so. others may have thought the same. that someone else would call. young people today it seems 99 out of a hundred under 35yrs have no common sense.
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
I didn't call at the time because he was long gone and I couldn't give an adequate description. We'll be on the lookout though. I don't intend to let it continue if he makes a habit out of this.
@STOUTjodee (3569)
• United States
9 Nov 12
Oh, my goodness! Now days it doesn't matter what form of transportation whether bike, automobile or public transportation, people don't have any common sense to use any form of transportation. People are careless either way you look at it. I hope some one did report it in and hopefully not on their cellphone while they were driving!
• Canada
11 Nov 12
I'm hoping it was reported but part of me is doubting it. There isn't much traffic out the direction I think he disappeared off into. It goes by government housing where a lot of the residents are not too bright(I know I'm one of the residents).
@GardenGerty (130280)
• United States
9 Nov 12
Even if you could not call right then, I certainly hope someone else did. I would probably go to a phone quickly and make a report anyway, in case no one else has.
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
I hope someone else saw him and called it in. I was taking a break from my NaNoWriMo project and really wasn't all there. Plotting as my daughter calls it. I was in disbelief. I couldn't even give a description of the guy to be honest. My kids will be walking there on Monday about that time of day just to see if he does it again. Judging by the time of day and all he may have been taking his daughter home from daycare. There are several daycare centres in that general direction. If they don't see him I'll be looking on Friday. If we see him either day something will be done about it. Knowing I might be able to do something won't allow me to have that on my conscious.
@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 12
koopharper oh what an i diot and that poor baby, I do hope someone called the police as that father makes me think of the word imbecile and he fits it to a t. no helmets that is against the law in California. God protects fools I guess and those two probably fit the description.Was there no way you cou d have contacted the police?
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
God protects babies, drunks and fools and I think he had at least two good reasons to be present on this one. Helmets are required here as well but a lot of people ignore it. One of my friends was stopped earlier this year and given a warning for exactly that. I don't have to worry about that because I wear a helmet.
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@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Nov 12
hi you know my adult son a few years back was riding his bike sans helmet, and hit a slippery spot on th road and fell. He clonked his head and hade a concussion. this scared him into getting a reallygood helmet and wearing it. He now has one thats state of the art with a head light even. he still cycles and hes 53. but he now has a little pot belly andI remind him to watch his weight as both I and his late dad are diabetics type 2. so I do hope the little child got home safely and her idiot dad.
• Canada
30 Nov 12
Thankfully I was smart enough to start wearing a helmet before I conked myself on the head. As you son can attest it doesn't take much. We have not witnesses the idiot in action again. My kids went out several times on the lookout for him but he never showed. I wanted to make sure that if he was doing this regularly he'd get caught and dealt with.
@squallming (1776)
• Malaysia
7 Jan 13
That is when critical thinking should have come into play. I must say that despite the fact that human claim themselves to be so intelligent and different from animals, they don't act differently compared to animals. They never use their mind to think what should be done and how to do things right. What the biker did was a prove that he has no brain at all. putting his own daughter's life at stake. He shouldn't even consider himself as a dad.
• Canada
8 Jan 13
I seem to think animals instinctively out perform us in some areas. I cannot imagine and animal putting it's young in this kind of danger.
@bounce58 (17447)
• Canada
7 Jan 13
That's terrible. I don't like getting into other people's business, but if I see someone doing just like that with a baby, I might just get the nerve and call the police. I'd rather get berated for being nosy, than see a baby get hurt. I hope somebody did call the police when you saw this happen.
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• Canada
8 Jan 13
Thankfully I haven't seen the behaviour repeated. Someone possibly did call the police or told him off directly. I'm not sure I'll ever know.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
11 Nov 12
Hopefully someone within that traffic called the police. That guy should be charged with child endangerment.
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
Won't get any argument from me on that count. If he keeps doing it that is eventually what will happen.
@bjc66bjc (6736)
• United States
10 Nov 12
Wow...koop, I am sure you were the only one who had the sense to know that was just wrong...and hoefuly someone else phoned the police...other than that I just don't know what I could possibly say...[b][/b[i][/i][u][/u]]What an idiot!!!!!
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• Canada
11 Nov 12
What an idiot!!!!! about sums it up.