Monday, May 05, 2008

Drunk and Stupid.

You probably wouldn't drive a car drunk, you probably wouldn't fly a plane drunk, you probably wouldn't turn up to work drunk, you probably wouldn't even go your child's school drunk.
So why is it that the parents of three tiny toddlers, aged one, two and six thought it was a-okay to become so drunk on holiday in Portugal that they passed out, leaving the chidlren initially in the hands of complete strangers and then in the temporary care of the Portugal's Child Services?

"On Friday night the parents( from Northern Ireland) had been drinking at a nearby bar with a happy hour until 8pm where a pint of lager costs just €1.'

The husband collapsed in the hotel reception while his wife staggered into the bar with her children and fell into a chair, the barman said. A second barman said: "I don't think they meant to drink that much but when they tried to stop I think they just couldn't.''

Dr Villas-Boas said his children's home was called at just after midnight and asked to provide emergency shelter for three children whose parents were drunk.

The youngsters were given a quick hospital check-up in Faro then arrived at the home at about 5am on Saturday morning. At just before 11am the home received a fax from the on-duty public attorney for Faro saying that the children should be returned to their parents."

Said the doctor,

""They returned from somewhere and the father fell immediately asleep on the sofa. The mother was then by the elevator, holding the two-year-old girl. She was about to fall but she was held up by a Spanish lady tourist. Then the mother passed out and vomited."

The parents then very sheepishly turned up the NEXT morning to collect their offspring. Their major concerns? Did the media know about it.
Seriously what a pair of gobshites. Firstly if you can't NOT drink yourself into oblivion when you're on holiday leave your children with someone responsible at home. Secondly, this couple were staying at an apartahotel, which is a hotel made up of small self contained apartments, it is HIGHLY possible that they might have made it back to their apartment before they passed out, leaving their children to fend for themselves. I mean for fuck's sake. Can you imagine? what might have happened if that was the scenario? A six year old charge of two babies?
What the hell is wrong with these people? Most of us like a drink, and most of us will get blotto at some point in our lives, especially if we're on holiday, but only a fucking idiot would act so irresponsibly when minding three children. There is really no excuse for it. And the meedja should be the very least of their concerns.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the explanation..

"The couple, who have not been named, are thought to be from Northern Ireland."

Trying to think who I know is on holiday at the moment...

10:21 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Well if you do figure it out give them a toe up the hole. Wear your pointiest shoes to do it too.

10:37 a.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

The 6 year old is old enough not to forget that and when (s)he figures out what happened it will be shaming. You're not meant to feel ashamed of your parents for at least another 6 years at that age. Poor wee thing must have been terrified and confused when the authorities took them all away to a shelter.

Morons. Lucky morons at that, that nothing happened to their children while they were being dangerously irresponsible

12:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

VERY lucky idiots.

1:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine the poor little pets brought on holiday only to be neglected the bastards. Imagines how upset and confusing it must have been for them. Poor babies, God love them. You know what always get be about cases like this is where are the rest of the family? The uncles, aunts, grandparents etc? I'd find it very hard to believe that this is just one random act of stupidity. Were my brother to do such a thing to my sweethearts I'd rip his fucking head off.

Are you finished your piece of work now pet?


1:46 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Yikes! Makes you wonder if they drink themselves useless on any given weekend at home, too. Nevermind caring for children while drunk - Who wants to deal with three kids with a hangover? Pitiable.

1:47 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I thought this was going to wind up with one of the kids being kidnapped.
Are the parents saying that they were unable to stop drinking because the pints were too cheap?

3:06 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Yeah, I wonder how much of a one off this is too. Especially since their main concern after the fact was wether or not the media got wind of it. Wouldn't your main concern be your children?

4:00 p.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

Jay-sus dusty. Imagine the kids' morning talk when they get back to school. They should see if Angelina and Brad want to adopt them.

12:07 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Fuck that, I'd like to see if Brad and Angelina would consider adopting a 35 year old non smoking pug/french bulldog loving reiki hating irish mot.

12:48 a.m.  
Blogger savannah said...

i hope the parents consider this a wakeup call and figure out what their first priority in life should be! and it ain't scoring cheap beer, sugar!

1:18 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Damn right Savannah.

8:23 a.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

I'm not defending the parents in the slightest - but do you remember the days when there wasn't a paedo lurking round every corner, when kids were told to go out and play til it was dark, when a 7yr old was left as a babysitter for a 5yr old on holidays?
My parents did a grand job, but they would've been demonized by todays meedja. Just saying these parents prob aren't as bad as was made out.

4:39 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arra what harm, sure they were only having a drink or two and everything was ok at the end of the day, wheres the harm\?

4:50 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

If what is reported is true it more than that Sheepie, apparently they were both completely incapacitated.

4:55 p.m.  
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