Do You Say Something?

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So what do you do when you see someone doing something dangerous? Do you say something? Because that’s my ethical dilemma of the day.

Because today at the grocery store, I saw a mom with her baby in the infant car seat on top. This has been pretty well documented as dangerous here and here (and many other places) but I’m not sure how well-known that is in the general public. I know a few car seat manuals do say it’s okay if it’s clipped on, but most say it is not. So I didn’t know if I should say something or not. We never had an infant bucket car seat (just a convertible one), so I never had the chance to make that mistake. But if it was me, I would want someone to tell me. But at the same time I didn’t want her to think I was judging her and I also didn’t know what kind of day she was having or how she would react. She was a complete stranger to me. And I didn’t have Dominic with me and I look young so I had nothing really to prove my credibility as a mom.

So in the end, I chickened out and didn’t say anything. I feel kind of ashamed to admit that. I always think I will say something but then today I chickened out. So what do you think? Should I have said something? Would you have said something? I am still thinking about it and feeling bad for not saying something, but how do you start that conversation? Does anyone have ideas for me on how to say something in case I see this again? I always feel like I’m the kind of person who would say something, but at the same time, I am also very intimidated by approaching strangers. It would be easier I think to approach a friend, because I feel they would know more that I come from a place of loving concern than that I was trying to yell at them.

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