Every now and then, I have moments in which I question the basic idea that as Americans, there is more that unites us than divides us.
These moments usually involve reality television marathons.
But the Post-Tribune of northwest Indiana obliged on Tuesday with this news item about a South Dakota man who left his three young children alone in a Hammond, Ind. motel room while he visited a nearby strip club.
Motel security found three children, ages 7, 4 and 2, alone in their room while Patrick Joseph Renk apparently spent a few hours over at the Déja Vu. (On an unrelated note, is there a national organization in charge of naming strip clubs? Phenomenal...)
Not leaving your kids alone in a hotel room should go without saying, but it clearly doesn't. These stories happen with alarming frequency: A couple in Florida leaves their 2- and 4-year-old kids alone to go swimming. A Louisville mother leaves her kids alone for 12 hours during a power outage. And here in Chicago last August, a 4-month-old boy died alone in a filthy apartment in the Austin neighborhood. His parents are now facing charges.
Gives a whole new meaning to "where were the parents?"