I would like to preface this story by saying that I really try and not judge other people’s parenting styles and so I have made an effort to minimize my own thoughts and give a simple account of what happened this past weekend.
I went with a group to a festival at a farm about 8 miles out of town. The farm has an upper and lower section with parking in the middle and port-a-potties. The area is all dirt/gravel and the owners live on the property.
We were walking down from the upper field to visit the lower section, about 100 yards. In the parking lot, a mother was standing behind the open hatch of her van helping her daughter use the portable, training toilet she had in the back. I would guess the child was close to 3 years old. When the daughter was done, she lifted her off the toilet in the back of her van. She then took the toilet and dumped whatever contents were in it on the ground, as far as I could tell it was just a #1.
Here are the points I am having trouble deciding what the proper etiquette is:
1. Letting your child use the toilet in the back of the car in view of anyone walking past.
2. Dumping the contents onto the dirt ground of the parking lot in a public place that was also someone’s home.
3. If there are any possible reactions I could have done if 1 and/or 2 warranted it.
Ehell readers, HELP! 0714-14
Years ago we lived on a small farm and conducted educational farm tours and oh, the things I saw. But this is a new one. My thoughts are that since you are the customer/guest and not the owner of the property it is not within your sphere of responsibility to address this issue directly with another guest. I suggest bringing it to the attention of the owners/manager and let them handle it. I would have wanted to know if someone was dumping human effluent onto my property.
The mom was lazy and unsanitary by dumping the contents of the training toilet on the ground when there exists medical waste bags that are specifically used for that purpose or even a ziplock baggy would have worked.