It his a case of heavy-handed police state brutality, or is it an example of one more over-entitled parent who can’t accept the consequences of living in a modern society with flushing toilets?
Here’s a story that will totally piss off anyone who has tried to potty train a toddler (pun totally intended). Philadelphia mom Caroline Robboy was given both a ticket and a lecture by a police officer this past Sunday evening because her 2-year-old potty-training son, Nathaniel, couldn’t hold it.
I kid you not. She told NBC10 that they were in a store with her two other children and elderly in-laws when the toddler said he needed to go. She asked if they could use the restroom, and they were “told no.” Upon exiting the store the boy couldn’t hold it and ran over to a pole on the sidewalk to get some relief.
When she saw what was happening, she tried to at least get him to move to a grassy patch, but it was too late. A police officer saw it and busted them, issuing her a $50 ticket for public urination.
She told the station, “He said, ‘I’m doing this for your own protection’ because God forbid there might have been a pervert out there looking at my son.”
Actually I’d think it’s unbelievable that the woman has decided to go to the media and make a public issue of it rather than paying the fine and chalking it up to experience. Why do I get the feeling that I’ve met this woman before—the one who thinks the rules don’t apply to her kids? Perhaps you’ve met her, too. Check out this “Helicopter Parent with a rotor missing“ post from earlier this year.
Am I being too harsh? Perhaps. Happy Monday, everyone!