(Closed) Something that bothered me and your opinion.

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s awful.  I’m not a confrontational person so I would probably be reluctant to confront them, especially since most people like this would probably be no more likely to listen to a stranger than to their child.  If it got to the point that it did in your story, though, I would probably feel compelled to say something. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What shitty parents. I don’t care if I just started trying on the shoes or whatever. It’s a terrible feeling for me as an adult to have to wait to use the restroom. Honestly I can’t believe that poor little boy didn’t pee his pants. If there were an employee nearby, I’d ask them to help with the situation. If not, I’d feel compelled to ask if I can be of any help and take the kid myself. Ugh, what a horrible situation for the kid.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yeah, I would be just all “Hey, take the kid to the bathroom already.” Because really, I have no desire to see a kid piss himself in public. Parenting questions aside (obviously bad parenting), it’s rude to subject everyone to the whining/worries of aisle flooded with pee.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That’s awful! I would absolutely feel compelled to say something to the parents directly, however I would probably get a very arrogant stare and told to mind my own business. How terrible for the little boy 🙁

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I wouldn’t say anything, because I am too non-confrontational. However, if Darling Husband were with me, he would DEFINITELY say something.

But, I might offer to walk the child to the restroom with an employee since they clearly won’t do it themselves. How sad for the child 🙁

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

No I wouldn’t say anything. It’s not my role to tell someone how to parent. But yes, I would be annoyed and feel incredibly bad for the child. Good job Walmart employee! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think I might say something if I wasn’t alone. You never know how people will react to you interfering. At the very least, I would probably ask an employee to say something since their uniforms at least lend a small amount of authority/credibility… “Sorry Sir, it’s store policy that all children must be let to go to the bathroom as soon as possible.”

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sadly I see that quite often. I’m a manager in a department store. When I’m working I’ll say, “excuse me just wanted to let you know our rest room are xyz I know your son has to go. I’d be happy to hold your items while you take him”. They are usually very pleasant & grateful, every once in a while I get some attitude.  I also say something with people trying to get strollers on the escalator, the elevator is right there you’ll be much more comfortable & its so much safer. When I’m just shopping I might say something, nothing nasty just hey you know the bathrooms over by such and such. If the parents don’t seem friendly I’ll just mind my business.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

That sucks.  Sadly I see way worse things all the time.  It is weird- do they want him to go in his pants?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How horrible! I worked with preschool age children as well. This is not healthy for kids on so many levels. And, can we all say bladder infection!! Instead of talking to the parents, I would say something to the kid like, ‘You really have to go potty, huh? You’re being so patient, I’m sure your mom or dad is going to take you soon.’ This would probably engage a conversation with the child and/or parents, or get the parents to take the child to the restroom more quickly. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Horrible!  I was a teacher for 15 years and am a nanny now.  I have no issue pointing out things to other adults or their kids.  I would just point out that the bathroom was not far and available to the public.  I feel bad for those kids. 🙁

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ugh i dont know what I would do because i dont like confrontation, or being told what to do. maybe there wasa  reason, but I do not agree with making him suffer. I would have wanted to say something, but i wouldn’t. if the childs life was in danger, i’d say something definitely!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

That is so HORRIBLE!!!! While I would be very skeptical about approaching someone because I’m a wimp like that, I would become very angry and might call up child services and give a great description of the family what kind of accent they have, where you were.  I’m a total wimp especially because people at my Wal-Mart scare me.

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