Yesterday, I had one of those out-of-body, "did that really just happen?" etiquette moments. I'm 99 percent sure I handled this appropriately, but as usual, I like to run my course of action by "the board's approval."
DD and my mother and I were at a super-mega-store yesterday. DD is 8 going on 9 and was being her usual well-behaved self. We were walking down the chip/soda aisle and I saw that a man about six feet away was bending/crouching to the very bottom shelf and his pants had dropped really really low. We could see the entirety of his rump. And because he was loading several cases of soda into his cart, this happened several times. He never bothered adjusting his pants.
My mom's eyes went wide. DD hadn't noticed yet, so I quietly turned her head in opposite direction. The Low Pants Guy was on the right side of the aisle, so I was directing her face to the left. I re-directed her attention with something like, "Oh, wow, look at the super-spicy jalepeno flavored chips, I wonder if those would be too hot for Dad." We didn't make a fuss as we passed by. I just wanted to get my daughter by without her seeing the man's exposed backside. FTR, we do not allow her to watch movies or programs with elements of nudity, so it's not a case of, "Oh, well, it's nothing worse than she would have seen on TV."
Unfortunately, the woman with Low Pants Guy either saw the shocked expression on my mom's face or my turning my daughter's head, and said, "Grow the (redacted) up."
I directed Mom and DD to go to the next aisle and said, "I won't apologize for preventing my underage daughter from seeing a grown man's bare backside up close and personal."
She called me several names. I walked away. We managed to avoid them for the rest of the grocery shopping. But I was left wondering, 1) Was my wording OK? For some reason, I felt like I should have said more. And 2) Should I have reported the couple to management? I felt like that would be overkill, but my mom wondered, given the severity of the "lack of pants" and the wife's sensitivity to our reaction, if this routine was something the couple did for fun. Like as a practical joke or stunt or something. 3) Was is more important to guard the couple from embarrassment (i.e. our reactions to the exposure) or to prevent DD from seeing something I didn't want her to see?