The World Has Gone Mad
By: Patrick Maguire
Book Chapter: Customer Hall of Shame
Every time I watch National Geographic, Discovery Channel, or Animal Planet, I am reminded that there’s not much difference between wild animals and some human beings in shared public space.
LEHI — A young mother of twins took potty training to the table — the dining table — in a popular Utah deli Tuesday. And the picture an onlooker snapped and posted on Facebook has a lot of people talking.
If anyone understands how stressful potty-training can be, it’s mother of three, Kimberly Decker. In fact, she just finished potty training her little boy and couldn’t leave her house for several days during the process. That’s why she was so shocked at what she witnessed Tuesday at the Thanksgiving Point Deli.
“I noticed that this lady was having her two — she had two twins, two little girls about 2-and-a-half years old, sitting on what I thought were booster seats,” Decker said.
But after doing a double take, she realized they weren’t booster seats, they were child port-a-potties.
“She had to undo the jumpsuits, and take them all the way down so they were completely nude, with the jumpsuits down to their ankles just eating their chicken nuggets, sitting on little toddler potties,” Decker said.
Decker snapped a picture on her cell phone, while she and her friend stared in awe.
“The more you thought about it, the more unappetizing everything looked around me,” Decker said. “I was like this is not ok, we’re eating, there was a business meeting with about five or six businessmen going on right next to me. The place was packed.”
Spokeswoman for Thanksgiving Point, Erica Brown, said they received several complaints from patrons. Their staff didn’t realize what was going on among the crowd until after it was already over, but she added they would have asked the woman to leave and take the potty training into the restroom.
“I think state and local health codes were probably an issue, as well as just social norms,” Brown said.
You’re probably right, Erica…