Tuesday, July 10, 2007
We live in a neighborhood where the older children are not much seen as they only leave their houses to jump into someone's car and speed away. Our neighbor across the street has an only child - a daughter - who graduated from High School this year. As a younger girl I didn't think much of her, kind of snotty and stand-offish, but she's had her moments. Her birth parents are divorced and she only lives in our neighborhood for half of any given week.
ANYWAY. Yesterday she turned 18. Around 8:00 cars started pulling up, parking at the curb and unloading groups of 3 to 4 teenagers. At 8:30 a (evidently - I didn't see it) a Hummer limo pulled up and the teenagers all piled in and disappeared. At 10:00, the girl's dog (a lab mix) started barking. He barked and barked and barked. At 12:30, the poor animal was still barking. Evidently, her mother and step-father were not at home. The lights were all blazing at their house, so I thought I'd try to call and let her know the dog was outside. No answer. So - I didn't know the teenagers had all disappeared into the limo and I kept trying to find the daughter.
The front door was wide open, I thought I'd go let the dog in the house, but the screen door was locked. I sat in their front yard with the dog until 1:00, when the Hummer limo pulls up and starts emptying out drunken 18-year-olds, who promptly got into their cars to drive home (seriously, should I have called the police?) One girl was actually carried into the house.
So. I ask you. Who does this? Leaves their 18-year old alone on her 18th birthday?
My instinct was to mind my own business (and did she make it my business when she left her dog outside to bark until 1 in the morning?), but really. Who does this?
Oh yeah, I'd have called the cops for sure, and report the company the ran the rental as well. And totally tell the parents. I'm all about the grown-up tattling to the parents, mostly because if my kids ever do that I'd want to know about it.
Hard to say what to do isn't it? I live next to some crazy neighbors myself and mostly I keep quiet because I'm a bit afraid of the son, but some days I really scold myself for that behavior.
I feel a bit sorry for the daughter. Doesn't sound like her parents care much about her and that makes me sad. I feel really sorry for the dog - and for you having to listen to him bark and babysit him.
Can't wait to see what you buy when the diet ends...soon!
Ditto on the dog issue.
(Actually, now that I think about it, I DID call the city on my neighbors twice. Once, when they hired The Idiot Crew to repaint their house, and The Crew was sanding 20- and 30-year-old leaded paint off the house with absolutely no dust-collection equipment; and again, when they raked all their leaves into the gutter in contradiction to city ordinance that had been distributed on in a mail flyer within the past month. Assh0les.
On the bright side, makes me feel like I'm not a total loss as a parent.
I'm curious where the alcohol came into play--a licensed limo company (hopefully) would not have risked allowing underage people to consume inside their vehicle. Something like that could cause them to lose everything, if, for example, anything had happened to one of the teenagers after they partied all night in their limo. If you happen to know who the limo company was, you might want to put a bug in someone's ear...
It is always better to call the cops than not in cases where someone is drunk driving. There are so many tragic stories of teens on prom nights, or graduation nights! Plus, most teens are not very good driver's to begin with...;-)
I don't envy you having to go through that evening!
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