Joey Salads keeps making videos about extremely rare and unlikely crimes to “teach parents a lesson.” That lesson is inevitably: “Your children will be snatched the second you take your eyes off them.” It doesn’t seem to matter to him that he is reinforcing an idea that is already rampant and untrue: That everyone is just waiting for the split-second opportunity to steal our kids.
Stranger kidnapping is the rarest of crimes. If you WANTED your child to be kidnapped by a stranger, you’d have to leave him outside, unattended, for 750,000 YEARS before he’d be statistically likely to be snatched.
But you wouldn’t know it from Salads’ shame-spreading, fear-mongering videos, including his latest, below, in which he drives off with a baby while the mom is paying for gas.
He is lucky the mom did not have a heart attack.
Spreading hysteria is good for clicks and bad for society. One reason we arrest parents who let their kids play outside or wait a few minutes in the car is because we have come to believe Joey’s vision: That any mom who isn’t handcuffed to her kids 24/7 doesn’t give a darn if they’re kidnapped or not.
More thoughts of mine on Joey’s pseudo-helpful, self-congratulatory video crimes are here.