Shanesha Taylor's Crybaby Interview With New York Times Reveals Bad Decision-Making

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Shanesha Taylor, the Valley mother who achieved fame by leaving her kids in a hot car, sheds tears and blames the economy in an exclusive interview the New York Times published Sunday.

Taylor's facing felony prosecution for her decision to leave her 2-year-old and 6-month-old kids in a car for 70 minutes while she interviewed for a job at a Scottsdale insurance agency.

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Having raised more than $100,000 from well-wishers across the country, Taylor can now afford to pay a lawyer to put the right spin on her story. She, her boyfriend and the lawyer sat down to talk to New York Times writer Shaila Dewan. Dewan tries to connect the economy to the alleged crime, but ends up exposing Taylor's bad decision-making.

In the article, Taylor describes how she quit a decent job as a mortgage loan officer in 2008 to "regroup" after her grandmother died and "never regained her economic footing."

That's Lesson One: Don't quit a good job unless you have another one lined up, unless you're prepared to lose your economic footing. Grandma would have told her that.

Taylor spent her savings, and it was more difficult to pay for child care. Which leads to the next lesson: If you don't "communicate well" with your financially irresponsible boyfriend, don't have three kids with him.

As Dewan relates, Taylor, formerly in the Air Force, paid for most everything having to do with the kids; Duncan contributed little. Meanwhile, Taylor decided she wanted to be an engineer, enrolled at a community college, and somehow racked up $30,000 in student loans. Taylor also admits she once tested positive for marijuana while pregnant.

Dewan peppers this sob story with an interview with an economist and statistics about the falling rate of child care subsidies. As if society led her to the ultimate bad decision of leaving the kids in a hot car.

Now flush with cash from her generous fans, Taylor and Duncan are living together in a rental home, which she furnished while waiting for the state to return her kids.

We can't wait for the sequel.

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stevemcmahon40
stevemcmahon40

So she had a decent job and quit it despite having a bunch of kids which she had a responsibility to care for. Instead of caring for them she used drugs. I'm not against using any drugs unless you are responsible for caring for children then only if you can do so without it affecting that care. Obviously this instance there was an effect. 

She refused to work while blowing through whatever money she had, scrounging off the guy she was dating and the guys who fathered the kids, whom were likely supporting her and the kinds, and now she's managed to sucker in 100k from people. That's a middle class house in most lower class areas and many middle class areas. 


We need to make some serious changes to what we are giving to people as far as young people being given money for absolutely nothin. I've seen entire ghettos filled with unemployed people of coloreds who won't work breed indiscriminately, and all manage to get on the governement tit for a free apartment, free food stamps free health care and varous other free programs. These people find exactly where to go for the free stuff and drive aound in their $50000 cars with $15000 ridiculous looking rims on them parked right around the block from the free subsidized project apartment that YT is paying for. 


we need to make some terms for people who want to be on the government tit. First off, if you want to get the free apartment, free food stamps, free calble all that never have a real job, that's find, just get a president in to sign the following exectuive order: each recipient shall adhere to the folowing conditions or be phisically removed from their free apartments which will be monitored daily and staffed by armed security for safety: All recipients of the free money apartments/food/ benefits etc. shall be permanently sterilized. All recipients shall be picked up daily at 5:00 am and work 10 hours a day. If they have any offspring each one shall add 2 hours to the work schedule. If there are more than 2 children the recipient shall work weekends as well. Instead of EBT/food stamps food will be given out via the work fare program. This is to ensure compliance with the program and to cut down on fraud. You will be fed breakfast and lunch at work fare while cleaning the yards and streets of those who pay for your free apartments and feed you  and cleaning the public toilets for them so that when theyre out and about they'll have clean facilities.. 


I'm pretty sure that once the free loaders start working 10-14 hour days to pay for their free apartments and gettng their fod stamps in actual food that they have to carry home many of them will reconsider indiscriminately spitting out babies and not giving a thought as to paying for them. We need to get a  decent government in place that will stop socialist behavior and start making people who have no business colecting benefits laying about as young able bodied people and make them get their lazy fraudulent asses to work or put them in prison and make the prisons hard labor profiterring off back breaking labor of the prisoners. If there's one thing a lazy welfare fraud collecting layabout hates it's hard work. Make them understand that once caught they'll be forced to bust their asses and we may be able to save our country. We aren't gonna last as long as we keep handing out most of our taxes to those who are defrauding the system

ave.parc
ave.parc

Wow, Ray. You are one hateful SOB, aren't you.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Yep. Bad decision making. BUT... are you suggesting, Ray, that kind of decision making is unique? Hardly.

Sorry, NO safety net for you, you made a bad decision in your life. Ray, you sound like the soup guy on Seinfeld.

Child care subsidies are legitimate issues for Arizonans to consider in public policy debates, notwithstanding bad decision making by parents.

Sabrina Kaotik
Sabrina Kaotik

it's kind of hard to forget her when we keep being reminded.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Liberals just cant help themselves Taylor is a text book failure of liberal policies.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Sheesh. Everybody who "paid it forward" should be told how she's spending THEIR money. Hopefully, she won't be reunited with her chillun for a very long time. By then she will have spent all that money and then what? Leave them in a hot care again?

Nat_Turner
Nat_Turner

wow, the racism runs deep here at the new times! in lesson one, ray stern demands that this fine nubian princess just stay at her plantation job. she should be happy with whatever scraps the white man tosses down to her. this directly contradicts the civil rights champion nancy pelosi's edict that we can quit our jobs and learn to play the guitar.


In lesson two he outright demands that my black brothers and sisters do not procreate. all the better to keep his white bread dream alive. the slave master fears allowing beautiful black babies to thrive now that they've seen how a strong black man runs the country in a competent manner that the white man can only dream about. the crackers openly advocate abortion to eradicate the black community and keep them from coming to their deserved heights of power.


in lesson three, ray stern derides this sister's pursuit of an education. the whip crackers do not want their slaves to learn anything so that they can continue to maintain control. an educated slave is troublesome on the plantation as they plant the seeds of discontent and threaten the white man's earnings and power.


last, but not least, ray stern rails against the reparations that he should be paying in the form of subsidies to the people that he and his kind have kept down for so long. he doesn't want these beautiful black children to receive the care that they deserve and fights tooth and nail against leveling the playing field after centuries of institutional racism in this country.


I can't say I'm surprised at this, coming from a pale, ghostly male residing in a state which rejected dr. martin luther king's national holiday. make no mistake, we shall overcome!

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

And if you work for the MCSO and your last name is Pearce, you can get away with negligent homicide and not even have to hire a lawyer or spend a single day court.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I don't care if she is a military vet. Lock her ass up.

Throw the POS boyfriend in there for good measure.

positive-affirmation
positive-affirmation

@ave.parc He really is. I'm not sure why he's so bitter and angry all of the time. Maybe he's unhappy with his job or his home life. It could be a physical thing like erectile dysfunction, I could imagine that making a guy grumpy. He should write a piece about his unhappy life and attitude and maybe we could help him.

Jukes
Jukes

@john043012 Apparently the Republican-packed US Air Force thought she was OK when she applied to work for them.

jbunny
jbunny

@Nat_Turner 

I think it's less of a race issue and more of a decision-making issue. As someone who works with all races in a prison, I can say with certainty that poor choices are universal. Not to speak for the author, but I think he's just saying that:

1) don't settle for a crap job and feel free to quit...after you have a better one lined up. Any income is better than no income, and quitting a job under the assumption that you'll find another one quickly is financially risky.


2) Procreate, but think it through. Kids cost money, and unless you can financially handle being a single parent, procreate with a partner who will be responsible and share the workload. In this particular case, the woman had three children with a man who was contributing minimally to the finances. If they were that broke, maybe it would have been wise to wait to have a second, and third, child.


3) Education is awesome and ideally everyone should pursue a college education, if it's a good fit for them. But like all expenses in life, it's important to live within your means. Taking out $30k in student loans may not be the best investment when you're already in debt. With this woman, we don't know enough information--did she apply for grants or look for resources that may assist working mothers with education or child care? Did she consider working part-time or full-time and paying for one or two classes per semester, which she could pay for up front rather than take out loans? If I choose to make a major lifestyle change such as going back to school, wouldn't it be in my best interest to ask myself if I can afford it, and if now is the right time?


You mention beautiful black children in the last part of your comment. Let's all work towards a world where all children of all races are taught to make good choices.

shadeaux
shadeaux

@Nat_Turner 

Thanks Nat,

You just proved my premise that racism, like people, comes in all colors. You must feel right at home in Arizona.

shadeaux
shadeaux

@Nat_Turner ,

Thank you Nat. You prove my premise that racism, like people, comes in ALL colors.

jbunny
jbunny

@MaskedMagician1967 

Is there something about this story I'm missing? I just had to look her up because I knew nothing about her story. It sounds like she tried to do what she thought was right, but made a poor choice. We don't know if it was out of ignorance, malice, desperation, or anything in between. Thankfully, the children weren't harmed. I've worked in social services for many years and have seen clients in similar scenarios given mandatory parenting classes instead of jail. Seems like she could have been a candidate for that.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@Nat_Turner you are a by product of the failed liberal ideology nothing more noting less

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jbunny @MaskedMagician1967 

Most murders could be described as making a "poor choice".

The kids are lucky to be alive.

Why don't people believe in taking responsibility for their choices anymore?


john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@jbunny So you worked in social services how in the world does that qualify you to make a informed judgment ? you call them CLIENTS  , hey asshole agencies like the one you where employed by are the problem. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@arizonaeagletarian @ray.stern 

If the children had been a bit less lucky, and had died, would you still consider this to be just a "bad decision"?

Bad decisions kill people every day.

They're really not unavoidable.


 

shadeaux
shadeaux

@john043012 

Racism has nothing to do with political affiliation (although, often, the reverse is not true), it has to do with ignorance.

jbunny
jbunny

@valleynative @jbunny @MaskedMagician1967 

See my lengthy comment above in response to Nat Turner about choices. I wholeheartedly agree that this woman needs to take responsibility, and I describe at length why I agree with Ray Stern that she made a series of mistakes. I'm just curious if there was something I missed about the story--what she did was wrong, no doubt, but it seems that mandatory parenting classes could address the problem. Unless she did this maliciously and truly doesn't care about the kids, in which case maybe she does need to be locked up. I was only asking because I've seen people do worse, such as drive drunk with their children in the car, and they don't get all the press that this woman is getting, and generally are diverted to drunk driving classes and short jail stays. In cases like that, the children are very lucky to be alive as well.

jbunny
jbunny

@john043012 

Relax, dude. Name calling isn't necessary. And if you read my comment, the first thing I say is that I don't know her story. I don't think I'm qualified to make an informed judgment, in fact I haven't made a judgment at all. I'm simply asking if there are pieces that I'm missing, and I draw on my experience in social services to relate that many parents who make bad parenting decisions (i.e., getting a DUI with children in the car) are diverted to parenting/alcohol education with a relatively short jail stay. I was asking if there was something more to the story that would exclude her from the same type of punishment as generally negligent parents.

What's wrong with calling my clients...um, clients? That's the proper term. I still work in social services, and one of my jobs is counseling kids who have been victims of abuse and other types of trauma. Why would that be a problem? And why are you so angry?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jbunny @valleynative @MaskedMagician1967 

She says that, at one time, she had a good job, which suggests that she isn't so stupid as to need a training class to tell her that it's dangerous to leave small children in a glass and steel box when it's hot outside.

Given that, we know that she consciously weighed that risk against the potential benefit of the job interview and chose to risk the lives of her children.

Knowing that, I believe that punishment, rather than education, is appropriate.

 

jbunny
jbunny

That makes sense. Thanks for explaining your take on it so well. To be honest, I also didn't realize until just now (hooray for google) that at 71 degrees, a car can reach 116 degrees inside it after an hour. It was definitely a huge risk. Not to mention it's probably not safe in general to leave a child unsupervised in a car for that long, even in perfect weather.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@jbunny You say you work for social services how long 2 days ? you comment here without reading the original story and suggest there had to be additional reasons for her bad judgment . Your FUTURE clients should  feel real comfortable allowing you to decide their fate

jbunny
jbunny

@john043012 

20 years actually. And not that education necessarily makes one an expert, but I do have a PhD as well. I made it clear from the first comment that I didn't know about the original story, hence the question is there something I missed. I didn't suggest a single thing, other than the fact that other people who've committed similar misdeeds end up having court-ordered classes. I didn't say this should be the woman's fate, and my comment above agrees with Valley Native about punishment. I asked for more info. I thought the point of the comments section was to discuss and understand others' points of view. And if you read my comment in response to Nat Turner, you'd see that I hold the woman accountable for the bad choices mentioned in this story.


I don't decide anyone's fate, I help children process, identify, and express emotions after surviving a traumatic event. I consistently see positive results with the families I work with and receive positive feedback. My other job is doing counseling in a prison, where the inmates have already met their fate.


Still not sure what you're so angry about.



john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@jbunny Agencies like yours are failing and the excuses like having  to many cases not enough state or federal money wears thin when cases that are already identified go un reported , swept under the carpet. Jerice Hunter for example, please explain that away and don't tell me she wasn't on the radar

jbunny
jbunny

@john043012 

I won't try to explain a case I know nothing about. All I can tell you is that the social services field is comprised of various companies, both for profit and non-profit, and branches of public offices that either contract out or administer their own services. There is minimal communication between agencies, so I'm not privy to the details of this case you mention. But in general the problems in service delivery are multifaceted--it can range from incompetence to lack of funding to unreasonable caseloads to oversights and human error, or a combo of all. Sometimes the problems run so deep that it becomes an irrational, broken system, gridlocked by policy and desire to maintain an ineffective status quo.

To generalize the problem to all agencies and anyone who works for them is a disservice to the many hard-working, caring people who make a career of doing their best to help others improve their lives, in spite of crappy pay and a generally stressful/mentally taxing work environment.

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