Friday, July 27, 2007

What's wrong with this picture?

The following story from the Charlotte Observer leaves me with more questions than answers. Let's look at this, shall we?

"Missing man found OK
STEVE LYTTLE
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

Police say a man who had been missing from his University City home since Thursday evening is OK.

They say he returned home this morning.

Police and family members had been looking for the 92-year-old man since he left home for the grocery store Thursday night.

Fancy English, who lives on Breezewood Drive, off Mallard Creek Road, was last seen about 9 p.m. when he drove to the Harris-Teeter store at Mallard Creek Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Police said English is an Alzheimers patient and also has high blood pressure."

  • Police say a man who had been missing from his University City home since Thursday evening is OK. -- Good. I'm glad he's OK. All's well that ends well.
  • Fancy English, who lives .... when he drove to the Harris-Teeter... -- Sounds like he doesn't live too far from the store he was traveling to. He apparently drove there safely. Wait. Drove. DROVE!!!
  • ...English is an Alzheimers patient... Alzheimers patient?

Let's review: A 92 year-old Alzheimers patient DROVE to the grocery store, then comes home safely some time later. No harm, no foul? Maybe. And maybe just lucky.

It is no fun telling an aged parent it is time to give up the keys. Having had to do that, I sympathize with the families who have to do it, but it is necessary. It is a whole lot easier to say, "Mom, you have to give up your car," than to hear, "M'am, your mother blew through a stop sign, ran up a curb, and killed three little kids children."


(props to JR)

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