'I Can Barely Breathe': Dad in Hot Car Video Goes Viral
Terry Bartley sweats in warning message
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 15, 2014 11:25 AM CDT
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(Newser) – With children's deaths in hot cars making headlines this summer, a North Carolina dad is demonstrating the very real dangers involved—by experimenting on himself. Terry Bartley filmed himself sitting in a baking car with the windows closed in heat he says is approaching 90 degrees. Covered in sweat, he tells the camera, "I can barely breathe out here. But my system is stronger than these little kids' systems." The resulting video has garnered more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube.

Bartley, who has three children, spoke to the New York Daily News about his experience: He was only able to stay in the car for about 20 minutes, he says. "It was almost like someone was in the car choking me." Others have followed Bartley's lead, taking videos of themselves in a similar predicament, the Daily News notes. "We go through this every, every year," Bartley notes in the video. "Do you really love your kids? That's what you should ask yourself."

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Jul 16, 2014 11:40 PM CDT
here's an idea...turn on the air conditioning....duhh
Tracy Smith
Jul 16, 2014 6:14 PM CDT
Thank you Mr. Bartley for risking your own life to prove a point that leaving a child in a car under any circumstances is just plain stupid and neglectful! Only one thing though...there will always be idiots out there that do exactly that! My father-in-law once told me to leave my 2 month old in the car when I took him to run some errands...I told him he was crazy and brought her in with us! Needless to say, I never took him anywhere after that...even when my kids were teenagers! I hope that someone learns a lesson from this but don't hold your breath!
Timothy Grant
Jul 16, 2014 1:56 PM CDT
Nice job Terry. Thank you for helping to prove the stupidity of some in this country. Maybe you will enlighten a few thoughts of some that maybe would have. At least we can only hope