A picture of a toddler left outside a shop while her mother was inside has divided opinion.
The child was left in a ride-on car outside the charity shop in Hull at lunchtime yesterday with no adults in sight.
A woman who was passing by posted the image on the Hull Crime Watch Facebook page and reported the incident to Humberside Police.
She said she was told that officers would patrol the area and check CCTV. Most people have criticised the actions of the mother, however someone else claimed that it used to be the norm.
Debbie Goldsmith said: ‘Going back 30 yrs plus people use to leave prams outside shops and never give it a second thought show you how society as changed.’
Criticising the mother, Katherine Ness said: ‘What a joke. Shouldn’t be allowed kids.’
Rachael Jackson said: ‘You just wouldn’t risk it! Bet she wouldn’t park her car outside with the keys left in the ignition!
‘And personally I’d rather do that then leave my child outside, just my opinion but think the authority’s would probably have something to say too.’
Chloe Dyson said: ‘You all go on about good old days, rah rah rah. It’s wrong, there’s a big main road next to the shop too. Shouldn’t have kids if you can’t look after them.
‘You leave a dog out side shop not a child absolutely disgusting behaviour.’
Elkie Shehan said: ‘I wouldn’t leave a dog outside a shop let alone a child.’
Lucy Eckles said: ‘It’s still a young toddler. As a parent I’d judge them too as clearly incapable and untrusted with kids. Whoever took the photo could of clearly done much worse if they wanted to since no one was looking after the child.’
However others turned on the person who shared the image, saying she should have done more to help the toddler, instead of taking a photo.
Becky Hunt said: ‘If you was so concerned you’d of stayed with her until her mum returned or phoned the police.’
Charmaine Musgrave said: ‘Why did you not wait with the child? Or even better ring the police if you was so concerned.
‘No, that picture was taken just for the five minutes of fame getting a load of likes an comments an thousands sharing.’
Others supported the woman’s decision to take to social media.
Zarah Parker said: ‘Well done hun and hopefully they see this and think on but I guess they won’t and are clearly stupid because if child murders rapes and kidnappings being an almost daily thing in a news feed or on the telly are not enough to stop this type of idiocy than I doubt the shaming by means of a photo will do.’