Some lady was texting while she was driving, and she had a little kid in a carseat sitting in the back. I saw this a few days ago, and what was worse was that we were on a highway, so the traffic was pretty fast, and if that lady crashed the car because she wasn't paying attention to the road in front of her, her kid could have easily been injured or killed. It already iks me so much when I see anyone texting and driving, because it's obvious that they're so self-centered and only care about themselves and don't even think about how they're jeopardizing everyone else on the road...but then you do it when your own child is in the car with you?! Shameful.
And I also recently saw a lady in a restaurant at the table next to us, who took every opportunity to snap at her son and bark orders at him (he looked like he was maybe 8 years old). The kid wasn't behaving badly at all, but she found something wrong with EVERYTHING he did. She didn't like the way he was eating his carrots (but I didn't see him do anything that was rude or bad table manners) and snapped at him for that, and he casually asked his dad a question (not in a disrespectful tone or anything) and the mom snapped, "Why are you even worried about that?!" It looked like the mom was probably like this all the time, because the kid had obviously learned to tune her out. I was just thinking, "geez, he's not being bad or anything, couldn't you just leave him alone?"
Edit: Wow, lots of other people have witnessed some bad stuff too! And wow, the lady who hit her daughter for having to go to the bathroom...what a stupid jerk. I hate parents who hit their kids for stupid reasons and bully them like that. If I had witnessed that I would have had to use every ounce of restraint to not to punch that lady in the face! Someone oughta force her to not be able to use the restroom and then beat her when she complains about it and see how she likes that. And the one that the asker mentioned with the baby sitting in the mom's lap is bad too!! Geez, some people just have zero common sense!
Wow, and I just read a news story today that a 2 year old girl died and her 3 year old sister is in the hospital in critical condition after the two ran off from their babysitters, wandered into a neighbor's hot car, and got stuck in there and died. The girls' "babysitters" were their 13 year old cousin and her 12 year old friend. That's why I think 12/13 is too young to be responsible for a toddler, and especially more than one toddler. It sounds like the girls must not have been watching them, I mean, if the little girls actually got out of the house! And would girls that young be mature enough to handle an emergency situation like that where the kids run off? I don't know what the two girls watching them did, when and if they realized that the kids had escaped. Did they call 911 or anything? But yeah, I definitely would never trust preteens to watch my toddlers! Now I'm sure the parents are suffering enough already, so I won't sit here and point fingers at them, but I definitely think the moral of the story is to not leave toddlers in the care of such young babysitters! Or, I guess it's more just make sure the person you're letting watch your kids is completely qualified, no matter how old they are. I suppose some 16, 18, and even 20+ year olds might talk on the cell phone all day or have their boyfriend over, and not properly watch the child, resulting in something bad happening.