Originally Posted by MusicianDad
If they had to move cleaning products, tools or something equally dangerous into or close to the bathroom then it's not just about cleaning up pee.
Parents generally accompany small children when they head to a public restroom. Seriously, I still think common sense should prevail.
Actually, a couple months ago both my 2 and 3 year old and I took a walk down to a very small, neighborhood grocery store. It is about three or four long blocks from our house. dfd is in diapers...no problem there. ds had gone pee before we left, so I figured he'd be all set. Well, sure enough, we get there, we find the one thing we had to get (while dfd and ds act like maniacs...liability red flag!), we go check out, and suddenly ds has to go poop. I ask him first, looking at him very seriously as if to urge him to say "yes" if he can wait until we get back home (like I said, we were in the middle of checking out). He said "no" and looked at me pleadingly with complete panic in his eyes, and the owner of the store looked at us both sympathetically. I apologetically asked if we could use the restroom, and she said no problem and directed me there.
My gosh...if ever there were liability issues! We walk to the back of the store where she has directed us, and we are standing in a narrow area, surrounded by stacked boxes. I find I have to take a very large, heavy peice of largely unsanded wood off the length of the door to "unlock" it (we live in a large city, fwiw) to get to the back. Then, we are in a very small area that on the left leads straight to a large stove in the kitchen of the restaurant next door, and the door is of course open, revealing a number of restaurant staff busily rushing around. In front of us is all kinds of cleaning supplies, and behind that is a door, opened, and a screen door leading to a parking lot. To the right of us is the bathroom, a small, dimly lit room with tools and things stacked in the corner.
Despite my kids being maniacs, we were able to safely use the small restroom without incident. I was with my children the whole time, and held onto dfd tightly throughout. I know the clerk could see that despite my wild children, I was a concerned mother who would do anything to keep my child safe in the bathroom. I am sure that she balanced all that information in her consideration of the decision to let us into the bathroom. Human beings are actually often pretty good judges in delicate balancing acts like this. This clerk rightfully let common sense prevail.
I suspect this is a common event in bathrooms across nations and that the number of lawsuits over bathroom issues pale in comparison.
I was also very thankful I wasn't forced to find a tree outside by which my son could poop. It would have been absolutely humiliating for him, and really gross for all kinds of folks coming to these businesses.
Much as we plan ahead, hey, emergencies come up.