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Public potty training treads partition of politeness
Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012

When a mother decides to potty train her toddlers in public, the world is welcome to debate, discuss and generally wonder about her actions. When a mother decides to potty train her toddlers in a public restaurant, the world is welcome to feel nauseated and lose its appetite in unison.

Kimberly Decker caught just such a thing happening at a table in a Utah restaurant, so - like a proper human being - she took a picture of the tableau and posted it to her blog, making - with one snap of the iPhone - history's most awkward family picture.

"While we sat down to have lunch, I noticed this young mother was potty training her two twin daughters at the table. It didn't quite register at first what was happening, "Decker wrote on her blog, "but when I took a second glance I realized this is NOT OK!"

No kidding. Decker and other patrons watched as the mother removed the children's clothes, leaving them birthday suited and eating chicken nuggets while perched atop what everyone soon realized were definitely not just high chairs.

"The more you thought about it, the more unappetizing everything looked around me," Decker told KSLTV in Utah.

The station also interviewed a spokesperson for Thanksgiving Point, the restaurant chain where the incident took place. Erica Brown told KSLTV that they had received complaints from other customers and that the staff hadn't realized what was going on - or at least not until it was already over (whatever that happens to mean, one hates to imagine). She assured KSLTV that measures would have been taken sooner had staff been aware, adding "I think state and local health codes were probably an issue, as well as just social norms."

Yes, health codes probably were an issue. Probably.

So who is this mystery mom with nothing to hide? A brilliant performance artist? Someone on restroom strike? Just one more young mother wanting desperately to know if she was doing it right? While the viral photos and chatty blogosphere hasn't culled up a name yet, hopefully these twins can make it through childhood and adolescence with a firm grasp of why bathrooms have doors, locks and toilets affixed to the floor (it's not just the plumbing). To all future students of potty training - just wear the diaper out.



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