The lights were on and the engine was running but there was no-one in the car. For two hours, nearly three, hundreds of tourists walked by and, if anyone stopped to try the door, no-one chose to get into my Lexus and drive it away. Police officers with rifles continued to guard the U.S. Capitol but presumably not one of them thought the abandoned car posed any security threat
It was 100 degrees F in Washington DC on Sunday. I had been sitting in the car, engine running and air conditioning on,waiting to meet a group of students. When the bus rounded the corner, I jumped out, eager to guide the driver to the drop-off stop. With a level of dippiness that shocks even me, I completely failed to cut off the engine, turn off the lights, or lock the car as I raced to meet my charges. We spent more than two hours in the Capitol, the guests of a former Congressman who likes to talk. I got back to the car about 8pm. Next time someone tells you crime is a problem in the nation’s capital, remember this story. Next time someone tells you security is tight on the National Mall, fix them with a quizzical look..