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This isn't a real diary, just a question about something--I'm not sure what to do.  We live near a little shopping plaza and I bicycled there to get my daughter some cough drops from the drug store.  When I went, I noticed there was an empty car on my street  with the engine idling.  It seemed strange that someone was warming up their car in June, but I really didn't think much of it until I returned and noticed it was still idling.   Alarmed, I put my bicycle away and I walked up to the car to check it out.  There was a person slumped over in the driver's seat, wearing a hoodie.  I knocked on the window and groggily she woke up.  She looked exhausted, a young woman.  I asked her through the window if she was okay, twice, and she nodded wanly.  I noticed when walking away that she had a box of baby wipes in her back seat.

So I'm fine with her sleeping in her car on my street.  I would even invite her in for a bite to eat except my daughter has strep and is contagious and I have to go to the doctor with her.  But is the woman okay to sleep for so long with the engine running?  I'm worried about carbon monoxide poisoning.  Her tailpipe was clear, but still.  All the windows were shut tight.


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