Mom Potty Trains Toddler Twins in Restaurant Dining Room

Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger
ParentingSeptember 6, 2012

Nobody enjoys potty training, and especially not the diners trying to enjoy their lunch at a popular Utah restaurant, the Thanksgiving Point Deli. KLS News reports that patrons were shocked to see a young mother sitting at a table with her toddler twins perched on portable toilets. "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," said Kimberly Decker who happens to be a mom of three, "just eating their chicken nuggets, sitting on little toddler potties."

Decker snapped a picture of the unappetizing incident on her cell phone and posted it on Facebook. The social networking site has since removed the image, but not before it set off frenzy of feces-fueled activity on the Internet.

"I do not like to bash other Mommies because the job is hard enough but SERIOUSLY what was she thinking?!" commented one reader on the Huffington Post. "That is the most unsanitary thing you can do around everyone's food."

A visitor to the blog I'm Your Server, Not Your Servant wrote: "OMG!!!! This is wrong on so many levels. The world has gone crazy with the 'child-centeredness'…I don't, nor does anyone else, want to be involved in any way with potty training your precious child."

Erica Brown, a spokesperson for the restaurant, which happened to be packed at the time, said the staff wasn't aware of the incident until customers complained later. Some patrons assumed the tots were on booster seats. "I think state and local health codes were probably an issue," commented Brown. "As well as just social norms."

Is this a case of "child centeredness" or plain old ignorance? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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