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Kids leave dad at gas station, realize mistake 100 miles away
WLOX 13 ^ | June 25, 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 06/26/2012 10:39:10 AM PDT by smokingfrog

MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV)- This year's summer vacation has been anything but boring for a family driving through Memphis.

A Texas dad thought his kids were kidnapped Monday morning when they left him behind at a gas station.

The man, who did not want to give his name, said he was left behind after stopping on New Brunswick Road to eat and fill up the gas tank near the LaQuinta Inn.

According to the father, "Somebody had been sleeping all night in the back and they were going to drive and I was going to get in the back and sleep. I went inside to get my change for the gas and they thought I was already loaded up and closed all the doors and took off."

The dad did try to call his own cell phone, which was still in the van, but nobody answered it.

"Six different cell phones and nobody answers and my phone is in there because it's on the charger and nobody answers it and then it starts going straight to voicemail. I mean, that's odd," said the Texas dad.

The father said since he thought his children were kidnapped, he called the police. But it was a social media site that helped him find his family.

The guy used a computer from a local motel to contact somebody via Facebook, who helped him reach his family.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: facebook; oops; summervacation

1 posted on 06/26/2012 10:39:22 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
Six different cell phones and nobody answers

Sounds like MY family.

2 posted on 06/26/2012 10:46:29 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: smokingfrog
The dad feels confident the entire incident was simply a huge mistake.

Just keep on telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

3 posted on 06/26/2012 10:47:53 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

So do the kids stand to inherir if dear old Dad stays lost?

TC


4 posted on 06/26/2012 10:48:43 AM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: smokingfrog

My Dad did this to his wife, apparently he stopped for gas at like 1am, and she was asleep in the backseat.. he went inside bought some coffee, and paid for the gas, came back out and drove off thinking she was still in the back seat asleep. Apparently she had gotten out of the car while he was in the store and gone to the bathroom, and was still in there when he drove off.

Needless to say, I am sure after realizing this a few hours later and driving back to pick her back up, that the rest of the trip was joyous times.


5 posted on 06/26/2012 10:52:07 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

Some things should have Top Priority. Any cell phone I am paying for a family member that is not answered if I call, is turned off permanently.


6 posted on 06/26/2012 10:54:12 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: HamiltonJay

“My Dad did this to his wife...”

My Dad did this to Mom. She was in labor with my younger brother. I guess Dad was still the nervous/excitable type. Anyways, he took her suitcase, put it in the car, started the car up and LEFT. Mom was standing on the front porch. He made it half way to the hospital when he realized Mom wasn’t answering any of his questions. Fortunately, her labors were long and they had time to spare.


7 posted on 06/26/2012 11:00:25 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: X-spurt

Likewise. You must respond immediately unless your driving or no phone for you. Same for email.


8 posted on 06/26/2012 11:01:06 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: X-spurt

Likewise. You must respond immediately unless your driving or no phone for you. Same for email.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 11:01:41 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: smokingfrog

“”Six different cell phones and nobody answers and my phone is in there because it’s on the charger and nobody answers it and then it starts going straight to voicemail. I mean, that’s odd,” said the Texas dad. “

Next time, Dad should remember to take the keys.


10 posted on 06/26/2012 11:17:14 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: smokingfrog
Six different cell phones and nobody answers and my phone is in there because it's on the charger and nobody answers it and then it starts going straight to voicemail. I mean, that's odd," said the Texas dad.

Not really, if you unfortunately chose AT&T for your carrier like we did.

11 posted on 06/26/2012 11:18:53 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: smokingfrog
He's lucky they didn't strap him to the luggage carrier like poor Aunt Edna...........


12 posted on 06/26/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: OB1kNOb

She must have died somewhere near Flagstaff.


13 posted on 06/26/2012 11:27:45 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: smokingfrog

Ha!...I got out of the car to use the restroom at a gas stop on route 395 in California. When I came out the car was gone. My dad and uncle traveled 10 miles down the road before they thought it was to quiet and looked in the back seat...I just started walking down the road (Thanks Dad!)


14 posted on 06/26/2012 11:44:56 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: UCANSEE2
Next time, Dad should remember to take the keys.

He probably did. Many teenaged kids have duplicates. 100 miles (close to two hours) is pretty far down the road to miss Dad.

I remember a similar incident with my kid brother, maybe 6 or 7 at the time. We were only 15 miles or so down the road before someone noticed he wasn't asleep in the back seat.

This was in the 1960's. When we got back to the gas station, he was sitting on the counter, drinking an Orange Crush and eating a cookie the gas station attendants had bought for him. He wasn't the least bit worried and greeted us with an "I knewed you'd be back!"

15 posted on 06/26/2012 11:45:06 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: smokingfrog

This sounds a lot like the game my parents used to play with me when I was little. I’d come home from school and the house would be empty. They called it “GUESS OUR NEW ZIP CODE!”


16 posted on 06/26/2012 11:47:28 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: OB1kNOb
He's lucky they didn't strap him to the luggage carrier like poor Aunt Edna...........

Or Willard's dog.

17 posted on 06/26/2012 11:52:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: HamiltonJay
Apparently she had gotten out of the car while he was in the store and gone to the bathroom, and was still in there when he drove off. Needless to say, I am sure after realizing this a few hours later and driving back to pick her back up, that the rest of the trip was joyous times.

I bet it was. He was likely very pissed off having to drive back all that way to pick her up after she didn't bother to alert him to the rather important fact she was using the facilities.

18 posted on 06/26/2012 11:56:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA

Oh I’m sure, and I am sure she laid into him as well for leaving her...

Though I personally am of the oppinion you gotta let the driver know ANYTIME you are getting out of a car for any reason on a TRIP, period.


19 posted on 06/26/2012 12:10:59 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: ScottinVA

Oh I’m sure, and I am sure she laid into him as well for leaving her...

Though I personally am of the opinion you gotta let the driver know ANYTIME you are getting out of a car for any reason on a TRIP, period.


20 posted on 06/26/2012 12:11:09 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: smokingfrog

Sounds like something out of a John Cheever novel.


21 posted on 06/26/2012 12:13:29 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
Six different cell phones and nobody answers

He shoulda sent a text msg. Kids always read their msgs.

22 posted on 06/26/2012 12:30:22 PM PDT by Texan
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To: FreedomNotSafety
Lucky for me our kids are grown and on their own. Still I think giving a kid a text-able camera/video phone is nothing but a fast prescription to teaching them to waste their life and get into trouble.

Feel the need to keep track of them?, give em a voice only phone and minimum minutes. Can't figure out how we survived with one phone at home.

23 posted on 06/26/2012 1:35:49 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: smokingfrog

We left a guy in Algonquin Provincial Park back in the 70s. If the boss hadn’t missed his camera he’d probably still be there, eaten by wolves.


24 posted on 06/26/2012 2:33:40 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: smokingfrog

We left a guy in Algonquin Provincial Park back in the 70s. If the boss hadn’t missed his camera he’d probably still be there, eaten by wolves.


25 posted on 06/26/2012 2:36:51 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: smokingfrog
I was one of six kids. My parents drove off and left my then 8-year-old brother at the mall. We told them when we were a few miles away, and my mother started screaming for him to stop hiding in the car because it wasn't funny.

But he wasn't hiding in the car, he was in Macy's watching TV.

26 posted on 06/26/2012 2:41:27 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Good talk, Rusty.”


27 posted on 06/26/2012 2:43:13 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: smokingfrog
... realize mistake 100 miles away and drive another 500 miles arguing over what to do about it? :) Well, just kidding; that's how it would go down at casa NVA.
28 posted on 06/26/2012 2:54:44 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: dead
My parents drove off and left my then 8-year-old brother at the mall.

Some fifty years ago, on a trip to Florida, we took off from a restaurant in Virginia and left my 3 year old sister there. I was six and still have no idea why I didn't tell Mom till she asked if Kris was asleep.

"No, she's not in the car," I said. I have to think that, these days, CPS would have been called and both Kris and I would have ended up in foster homes.

29 posted on 06/26/2012 2:56:12 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: smokingfrog

My husband’s parents once drove off and left his little sister at a gas station. She had gotten out to go the restroom and no one noticed that she hadn’t come back.


30 posted on 06/26/2012 2:57:54 PM PDT by Eva
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To: smokingfrog

My husband’s parents once drove off and left his little sister at a gas station. She had gotten out to go the restroom and no one noticed that she hadn’t come back.


31 posted on 06/26/2012 2:58:10 PM PDT by Eva
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To: smokingfrog
....computer from a local motel to contact somebody via Facebook, who helped him reach his family.

I guess I've got a whole sh*tpot of learning to do regarding Facebook.

32 posted on 06/26/2012 3:25:57 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: ErnBatavia

I didn’t get that part.


33 posted on 06/26/2012 3:54:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ErnBatavia

A few years back, a Foreign Service buddy of mine got transferred from Jeddah to Rabat. Before leaving Saudi Arabia, he made arrangements to buy a new car from one of the bases in Spain. After picking the car up, they headed south to Gibraltar. They stopped at a convenience store for gas and snacks. They got about an hour south before they noticed that they’d left their youngest son back there. They had to keep heading south until they found an exit ramp and turned back around to pick the boy up. He was scared and pi$$ed.


34 posted on 06/26/2012 4:04:17 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Texan

“He shoulda sent a text msg. Kids always read their msgs.”

And if it was me, sending that message would have kept me occupied for a good long time! (old phone, older eyes and big fingers!)


35 posted on 06/26/2012 4:16:51 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: GSWarrior
Sounds like something out of a John Cheever novel.

OMG - John Cheever. So depressing. Good writer but soo depressing.

36 posted on 06/26/2012 4:38:03 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

I went thru a Cheever stage. I prefer more upbeat stuff these days.


37 posted on 06/26/2012 4:41:32 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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