Five-year-old children are hard to forget, even if they are asleep. A Boston family hailed a cab home from the airport after returning from a trip. They got their luggage, paid the fare and tipped, but forgot their slumbering daughter in the back of the minivan. Once they realized their error, they freaked. The veteran taxi driver was radioed and he safely returned the child to her home. While the parents are not being investigated, the cab driver was slapped on the wrist. One report said:
The following day, Cohen was ordered to report to the Hackney unit, where police told him his license was being suspended for three days because he didn't do a thorough check of the van. He appealed the suspension and was allowed to keep his license pending a hearing. On Tuesday, he visited the police station with an attorney and learned he would only get a warning.
Since the child was lying across the third seat, the cabbie did not notice her in the rearview mirror or when he got the couple's bags out of the trunk. In any event, do you think it's the parents' job to keep tabs of their children or should moms and dads rely on the help of those around them?