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Grandpa forgets girl locked in car boot

The Local · 10 Apr 2012, 11:05

Published: 10 Apr 2012 11:05 GMT+02:00

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Concerned passers-by who heard shouting and banging from inside the car boot called the police who, along with the fire brigade, opened it up and freed the girl.

Once the 72-year-old grandpa had returned to the car park in the Sorpe Lake in the Sauerland area of North Rhine-Westphalia, he admitted he had put her in the boot of the car, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported on Tuesday.

He told police she had asked to travel in the boot of the car just once, and he had let her do so on the way to the lake.

But he said he was so distracted by the beauty spot that when he arrived, he simply got out of the car and went for a walk.

A police spokesman told the paper the man was, “visibly affected by the whole situation,” and that he was given a warning, and promised never to let anyone travel in the boot of his car again.

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11:25 April 10, 2012 by lucksi
Wow, kudos to the police for not charging the man and getting child services and everything involved.
11:46 April 10, 2012 by frankgrilla
what is a beauty spot? and how beautiful was it? that it made him forget his little child in the trunk?

12:57 April 10, 2012 by wood artist
Probably the right thing to do (by the police) but I hope it was a Real Stern Warning. aside from the fact that the boot is designed to collapse in a collision...meaning the kid will die...it's also vulnerable to exhaust gases. I can understand the kid's curiosity, but sometimes the adult needs to say no!

13:25 April 10, 2012 by captainkidd
maybe he thinks he's Jason Statham in The Transporter.
15:08 April 10, 2012 by zeddriver
@wood artist

Don't you know. It's not politically correct to say no to children anymore. And if you dare say no. You might just get a visit from a lawyer hired by said child for interfering with their right to self determination.

Of course I'm being sarcastic. Parents and guardians should say no far more than they do.
20:58 April 10, 2012 by lordkorner
It worries me that people with these faculties are out there driving around...
23:46 April 10, 2012 by wood artist

Very true. Either way you lose. The Children's Services people will come see you because you actually disciplined your child (or even said NO to their request) or the the Children's Services people will come see you because you endangered their lives by giving in to their childish demands.

Different routes to the same outcome. Either way you're a "bad parent."

05:56 April 11, 2012 by volvoman9
The girl in the photo looks a little older than 9. Just sayin"
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