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Rant & Rave

Times readers share their encounters with the good and the bad.

September 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rant and Rave: Help for toddler locked in hot car

RAVE To the Kirkland police and the concerned strangers who came to my rescue when I accidentally locked my toddler in the car on a hot day. Passers-by offered blankets to cover the windows to block out the sun, brought tools to try to help get into the car, and smiled and waved at my son to keep him calm. The police came quickly, were so kind, and soon got the car open. I wish I could’ve thanked everyone properly.

RANT To the man driving his cruiser within the boundary markers of the swimming area that’s off-limits for motor boats, near where I was swimming. When I politely reminded him of this, he cursed at me and said he hoped I’d drown, an exchange that nearly ruined an otherwise beautiful afternoon. What a sense of entitlement. Lake Washington is for everyone to enjoy.

RAVE On my first outing after a bad fall, I went to buy some groceries and by the time I got to the checkout line I was so tired I could barely walk. One of the clerks asked me how I was getting home, I said I’d call a cab but she’d have none of it. It was almost the end of her shift, so she parked me on a bench with coffee and a newspaper, then drove me home. Now that’s super customer service!

RANT To the driver of the little red car that backed out and hit my 97-year-old mother’s perfect-condition Cadillac, causing $4,000 worth of damage. You could have at least stopped to see if she was OK.

RAVE AND RANT Rant to restaurants that play background music so loudly that patrons have a difficult time conversing with their companions; I won’t be back a second time. Rave to the restaurants that play quiet background music that allow patrons to converse with their companions.

RANT To the locally based phone company whose overseas call center had such a bad connection that I gave up trying to solve my modem troubles. Seems a phone company could at least make a phone line that enables you to hear the person trying to help you.

RAVE To the Seattle Public Utilities crew that replaced the broken water pipe in the street in front of my house. They were hardworking, efficient and amiable. Thanks, ladies and gents, for the hard work that you do.

RANT To the person who picked the pears from my tree. My grandchildren were waiting for just the right time to harvest them.

RAVE AND RANT Rave to the man who stopped to help when I fell off my bike and broke my ankle. Rant to me for not watching where I was going.

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