I was at the bank drive up window waiting for the person in front of me finish their business. I watch a pick up truck pull to the curb on the street and it is my turn so I pull up. I hand the teller my business, and I watch the parked truck. The reason I am watching it, the man, a young father maybe twenty five or so, leaves the truck running as he runs into a small auto shop. This street where the guy parked was on a hill. The trouble I had with that was there is a small child, maybe three standing in the front seat of this truck. The teller hands me my receipt and as I start to put my car in gear, I see the truck start to roll. The kid played with the gear stick and I guess he placed it in natural. I jump out of my car and run towards the car and jump in the window and jam on the brake.
Ok, my question for all of you is, did I do the right thing. I know all of you would say yes and here is the catch. The young father runs out of the car place and gets into his truck now parked in the middle of the street and starts yelling at the child. He never thanked me he just started to drive off yelling at the three year old as if it was his fault. The man took no responsibility for his actions and even gave me an evil stare as if I should have minded my own business.
First, he should never had left a small child in a car alone nevertheless a running car. Second, hitting his child for something like that and then yelling at him is just not my idea of teaching right from wrong. What are your thoughts?