Grandmother who drove with girl atop ...

Grandmother who drove with girl atop car protests her arrest

There are 264 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 8, 2008, titled Grandmother who drove with girl atop car protests her arrest. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

A grandmother spent the night in jail after she drove her car with her granddaughter on the roof.

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“"Don't Worry. We'll Fix It!"”

Since: Jun 07

West Palm Beach, FL

#1 Aug 8, 2008
Child abuser? Eh...

Moron? Definitely!

I used to have a neighbor who let his kid hold his mirror to skateboard as he drove down the street. Another member of the "Moron Club". May be they know each other.

United States

#2 Aug 8, 2008
Dumb, dumb dumb.

New Orleans, LA

#3 Aug 8, 2008
Glad to know the Moron Country police are on the job and keeping Publix safe from grandmothers - they should come down to Fort Lauderdale, lots of old people here to hassle. I wonder what they would have thought of my grandfather letting us kids ride on the tractor while he drove it around the farm??
heres your sign

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Aug 8, 2008
obviously not any form of child abuse. But this person does indeed get the STOOOPID award for the day. Seriously! Zero "think before you do" common sense.


#5 Aug 8, 2008
I'm convinced, no big deal.

United States

#6 Aug 8, 2008
Poor judgement on the family's part to place a young child on the roof of a moving car.

The grandmother stated the young girl enjoyed it, was having fun. Well, young children enjoy alot of things but we don't give in to all their wants. Adults are supposed to be good decision makers. Must of been a slip-up.

For the family to deny their poor judgment is unexcusable. IT WAS A POOR DECISION. Apparently, those in the parking lot felt the same way as they called the police.

Putting the woman in jail seems a little too excessive.

Stop making excuses for the family's poor judgement.

Sorry, you were placed in jail. The hostility that seeps from your comments MAY indicate a bad attitude.

Pompano Beach, FL

#7 Aug 8, 2008
Sorry grandma, you are "not smarter than that." Totally moronic thing to do no matter who much you try to explain it.

“The Homies Have Spoken”

Since: Jul 08

Lighthouse Point, Florida

#8 Aug 8, 2008
This reminds me of an episode of J_ack_a_ss where Johnny Knoxville puts a baby carseat on the roof of his SUV with a realistic-looking doll strapped in and starts driving around a parking lot. The looks on people's faces were priceless. Freaking hilarious.

Boca Raton, FL

#9 Aug 8, 2008
wa wa wa...all it takes is one mistake, just one. I agree, that at any point in time just doing regular things day to day one can get hurt, but it's when you push the envelope and think to yourself ":ah, nothing will happen" is when it does..poor judgment on her part.
wow O wow


#10 Aug 8, 2008
If your a stupid crapy moron mom you must live in FLA
We have the worst parents living here
Well at least she is alive
but dumb ass
palm beach resident

Boca Raton, FL

#12 Aug 8, 2008
Anyone who has a sunroof knows the temptation to stand out of it. I have seen children at school waiting to be dropped off and standing out of the sunroof waving at people (not sitting on top). Everyone does not calculate the risks that could occur from every day living. You may not let your child sit on your roof, but you might let them stand in the center and wave from the sunroof, which is equally as dangerous if hit by an oncoming car. This woman did not think of all of the risks, but I do not think she intended any harm. Most of us live under the false comfort that we control our own environment and that an idiot who is drunk or speeding is not about to plow into our car out of nowhere. The police over reacted, but it is difficult to follow the law, use your own common sense, and make the public happy at the same time.
Resto Lantana Florida

Jupiter, FL

#13 Aug 8, 2008
I have known this family for years, so don't judge them. Mrs. Bouschet is a great person and she would never harm ANYONE that has made contact with her and definitely not her own family, for God sake, get a life. I believe all you people making these ugly comments are FAR from perfect in things that occur in your lives. Needless to say judging by your comments are not even near the education level this woman has obtained. Never say never it could happen to you or one of your loved ones. I am sure you would back yourself/them up 100%, and that is what I am doing here for a good person. Think before you speak or judge!!!!!!!!
Mike H

United States

#14 Aug 8, 2008
If a car is in gear and moving all occupants (whether in the car or on the roof) must be wearing a seat belt. Not sure but last check most cars I know of don't have seat belts on the roof...? No matter how slow she was driving what about other cars hitting her??? Being on vacation doesn't mean your brain should be on vacation!!! Bad move lady...

Delray Beach, FL

#16 Aug 8, 2008
Did they say there just happened to be a Firefighter at Publix to witness this?

Go figure.

Boca Raton, FL

#17 Aug 8, 2008
I agree this was stupid but I've seen a lot of people driving around with kids in the back of the pickup truck. I suppose there is a little more protection in the pickup, but a kid on the sunroof while you inch into a parking spot is probably safer than kids in the back of a pickup on 95 going 80. Funny how one is considered child abuse and the other is fine so long as there is no room in the cab. Got to love FL.

United States

#18 Aug 8, 2008
Hanging a baby out the car under any circumstances is just wrong.
LW beach boy

Miami Beach, FL

#19 Aug 8, 2008
...there are consequences to people's actions. Adults are there to protect children and tell them not to ride on the roofs of cars. No one's mentioned this but...putting the child at risk of her live is criminal. She should have been arrested.

Coral Gables, FL

#20 Aug 8, 2008
Well, let the punishmnt fit the crime. I have been found "guilty" by my husband for doing some really stupid and yes, dangerous things before, but nothing I should have gone to jail for. Judge: I say she should have to go to driver safety classes and then should have to pay her debt to society by speaking to teenage drivers about the ordeal. She should have to explain how doing something that you find "harmless fun" could have serious repercussions. She really doesn't seem like a criminal, rather someone who had a severe lack of judgement at the time and giving in to the desires of a child who doesn't know any better.
Go Boy

Hialeah, FL

#21 Aug 8, 2008
VapeBHO wrote:
Did they say there just happened to be a Firefighter at Publix to witness this?
Go figure.
It's just a lie to make the firemen look bad. Whoever saw an on duty fireman in uniform, shopping at a Publix.Or Costco.
get er done

Miami, FL

#22 Aug 8, 2008
Cops like these are a-holes

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