Memphis, TN (WMC) -- Most people remember their summer vacations by the places they saw or the people they visited.
However, one Texas father will remember his vacation simply with it being the one where he thought his kids were kidnapped.
The Texas father, who didn't want to give his name, says he was left behind on a trip from Texas after stopping on New Brunswick road to eat and fill up the gas tank near this La Quinta Inn."Somebody'd been sleepin' all night in the back, and they were gonna drive and I was gonna get in the back and sleep. I went inside to get my change for the gas, and they thought I was already loaded up and closed all the doors and took off," said the stranded vacationer.
Being left stranded was bad enough, but he also left his cell phone in the van, so he couldn't call and tell the driver to turn around.
Worse still his says his two young children were in the van.
So, he ran to La Quinta inn where the clerks allowed him to use a phone, but 30 minutes later, things only seemed to go from bad to excruciating! "Six different cell phones and nobody answers and my phone is in there cause it's on the charger and nobody answers it, and then it starts going straight to voicemail? I mean that's odd. So I started imagining worst case possible scenarios. So I called the cops."
The man said he felt more harassed by police than helped once officers made it onto the scene. But, he again credits the folks at the motel for coming to his rescue with a computer. "Facebook is actually how I was able to get ahold of somebody and get them to get hold of somebody so that we could find out what's going on."
He says the van was about 100 miles away by the time he made contact but, now he felt confident the whole incident was simply a huge mistake.