Congratulations to the anonymous Camden, New Jersey, father on winning my
WTF? Parent of the Day contest!
Genius dad thought it would be fun to put his toddler inside a washing machine at his local laundromat. Hey, why not? It’s the perfect place to play peek-a-boo (except for the oven, which kids really love, too, unless you can squeeze them into the microwave, ’cause that’s way better).
It’s all fun and games — until you happen to shut the machine door. Which then locks. Which sets off an automatic wash cycle in which your baby is spun over and over like a dirty sock. Woo-hoo! Bring on the party! Seriously, better than Space Mountain.
Fortunately for dad, workers at the laundromat were able to free the child after a few minutes. The child was not hurt, but police, who say what happened wasn’t criminal, are looking for the family to make sure. And, why don’t they already know who the family is?
Because the story came to light after a surveillance video was posted on the Internet and garnered over a million views.
Which makes me wonder — did the laundry staff who discovered the video really think it was better post it online instead of, oh, I don’t know, calling the cops? Maybe they called the cops first, then posted the video while waiting for the cruiser to arrive? “Ha, baby in a washer, a regular laff riot!”
For this, the laundry workers earn a Special Medal of Stupidity!
It’s a mystery, what goes on in the minds of people who care more about online guffaws and website hits than they do for other people.
In all seriousness, I’m really glad the child wasn’t injured. And I’m sure the father feels horrible beyond belief about what happened. All parents make mistakes — but when it comes to our kids and major appliances, well, I’m pretty sure that knowing to keep the two separate is a no-brainer. Isn’t it?