When I realized that everyone in this city is fucking passive and too chicken-shit to take initiative about ANYTHING (or "interfere" with anyone else's "business") I went outside and brought the child in. She ran straight to 2 women. I assumed the older one was her mother, and I explained as politely but forcefully as I could that she should watch her child so she doesn't run away or get abducted. The woman just kind of smiled a lot and nodded and agreed with me but didn't seem to take anything I was saying seriously.
10 minutes later I went back to check on the child and saw that she was *back in the stroller outside the store*. I could not fucking believe it. I went and found the "mother" again and restrained myself from flipping out on her when I reminded her to WATCH HER CHILD. Only then did the woman bring the child/stroller into the store.
Should I have done more? I'm not sure that even if I had said all the things I wanted to say to this woman about what a negligent/selfish parent (or babysitter, whatever) she was that it would have gotten through her DENSE SKULL. I can't stop thinking about it and getting angry and regretting not trying harder to make her realize that she was a fucking shitty parent.
Also, it makes me angry that I can pretty much guarantee that if I hadn't brought the child in and said something to her "mother", no one else would have. Why are people like that?