When Family Restrooms Are Used for the Wrong ReasonsNaomi Odes
Yesterday, during the heat wave, I spent a good deal of time at the mall. Being from New Jersey, you’d think I’d feel right at home. I suppose it depends on the day and the mall, but I have to admit that this particular mall was not my cup of tea.
Perhaps it was because I was toting around my toddlers who only wanted to ride on stuff: escalators, elevators, amusement cars, you name it. But there was an additional event which caused me to dislike this particular mall.
As you might imagine, we had to visit the restroom more than once.
The first time was for me and Shnook, and then conveniently, 20 minutes later, Fuzz took a dump while in the play helicopter.
So, back to the bathroom we went. When we got to there I saw there was a family restroom. I friggin LOVE these, provided they are clean.
It was occupied when we got there, so we waited, since I’d rather change Fuzz in a larger more private space. Suddenly, a few teenagers came over. One (female) knocked on the family restroom door.
“We’re waiting.” I said.
She ignored me, and someone opened the door from the inside and let her in.
Yes. It gets better.
Then, more teenagers (boys) came over and were waiting near the family restroom.
My blood started to boil.
After another minute or so, a security guard came over.
“Are you waiting for the family restroom?”
“Yes, I am.” I said, obviously irritated.
“How long have you been waiting?”
Truthfully, I hadn’t been waiting that long, but still, I was annoyed that I had to wait for what appeared to be a misuse of this bathroom.
The security guard questioned the other kids waiting there who gave him a vague answer that they were waiting for the person inside the bathroom.
When the two girls finally came out, one seemed to be carrying what looked like a flat-iron for her hair.
While I did not feel it appropriate to freak out on those kids in front of my boys, now I wish I had said something.
Based on her behavior, I suspect this “woman” was doing a lot more than flattening her hair in the bathroom. However, even if that’s all she was doing, I was pretty horrified that teenagers would sit there and let a mom with two toddlers wait outside for any extended period, to use the family bathroom, which is clearly there for … families.
What would have done if you were me? I wish I had the chutzpah to call them out. I’m still outraged.
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