The Village of Indian Hill: "We don't care if poor peoples' babies go flying through windshields."
February 18, 2008 09:19 PM
Okay, so Mrs. NBS and I spent Saturday at Childbirth Class (more on that later) and I wanted to make sure I blogged about one of the leaflets we were given, because it was so obnoxious. And that leaflet was the list of all the fire departments in the Greater Cincinnati area where they'll put your car seat in properly for you. You know, because car seats are so complicated that people can't figure them out, and then they get in an accident and the next thing you know, there's a dead baby.
So it's basically a service that's a good thing, something that firemen can do while they're waiting around for a fire that needs to be put out. Because I'm sure nobody's going to show up and be like "Wait! Don't leave! You can't go to that fire, I need you to put my car seat in."
Except that must be what the Indian Hill-Madeira Fire Department is afraid of. Either that, or hordes of people from Madisonville demanding immediate car seat attention. I don't know what. Because yes, you guessed it. On the lengthy list of fire departments in the Tri-State that you can go to to get your car seat put in, Indian Hill is the only one that specifies: "RESIDENTS' ONLY." It is the only one, out of dozens and dozens of municipalities, that puts ANY restrictions on its car seat installation policy. And this is on a list that goes to practically every expectant couple in the Tri-State, nearly all of whom don't live in Indian Hill and would never dream of going to the Indian Hill Fire Department and demanding car seat attention. Bad PR, Indian Hill. Bad, bad PR.
When we were looking over these materials on Saturday, I saw the woman in front of me pointing to Indian Hill and saying to her husband "Look, they say 'RESIDENTS' ONLY.'" This was a couple that was probably going to have difficulty even affording to buy a car seat. Much less a house in Indian Hill, which is apparently what they need if they happen to stop by the I-H Fire Department because they can't figure out how to put the damn thing in.
I would think the hassle of putting in maybe five or six extra car seats per year for non-Indian Hill residents would be more than outweighed by the benefits of not singling your municipality out as being horrifically snobby. What the hell is this, India during the reign of Queen Victoria?