One time when I was breast feeding our ds a bunch of teenage girls (obivously wagging school) came in and just sat down and started being really loud and rude to the point my baby was getting upset. I did say to them it was in appropriate for them to be there and I then received a handful of abuse and name calling. Reported it immediately to the shopping centre security which then escalated to police getting involved for not attending school........
Before I had DS I had used a parents room once for my stepdaughter. The only other time I've used anything like that was when I was 30something weeks pregnant at the movies in the gold lounge. Movie finished, I needed the toilet and there was a line. Everyone could see I was pregnant so they said to use the disabled toilet.
My DP doesn't go into the parents rooms, not even with me. I was in the parents room last week and had just fed DS. A gentleman was in there with his kids waiting for the toilet. He very kindly offered the toilet to me first over his kids. I said that his kids could go first. I don't have a problem with men like that
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At the risk of scaring you further, I went into the parents room of my local centre to change my baby's nappy. It was a Saturday so thankfully had my husband with me.
It was early so the centre wasn't busy yet but there was someone in one of the curtained off stalls. There was a lot of noise like a belt buckle rattling and then this older guy rushed out the stall & raced out the door. I freaked out! What if I'd been on my own or someone else had been in there on their own when he came in?! It 'appeared' that he was...you know.
Worst thing was I saw him stuffing what seemed like a pink bra in his pocket. I immediately rang centre security & they came quickly to get a description. I was shaking by this stage. Anyway we continued on our way to do what we had to and then saw the man again...in the ladies underwear section of Big W. I raced out to find the security guy we'd just left & he came back with me so I could point him out. They quietly went up & talked to him then escorted him away.
I don't know what happened after that. I imagine they just made him leave the centre. I was so freaked out & think completely differently about our safety within these rooms now. I think they need an emergency button or something.
This was in a 'perceived' nice centre in Perth too (Karrinyup).
To get back to the OP's post, I'd like to think that the cleaner was checking the toilet paper/soap levels, or doing his job, but if he had no cleaning equip with him, then...sounds like he was actually using the loo. And those rooms usually have only one loo, so does it really take 5mins to check the paper and soap levels, or was he the one taking the big stinky poo? If he was doing his job properly and not using the loo, then surely he would have returned in a timely manner and cleaned up the poop?
I, personally, would email the centre. At least then they can discretely remind all staff to use the staff loos (and of course, one can mention one was not sure who made the mess), and can try to ensure messes like that are cleaned up quickly.
I try to only use parents' rooms in busy centres. The one at our tiny shopping centre has such a low ceiling you feel claustrophobic in it. And staff come and go to microwave their food...hardly space in there for a pram, either.
Last edited by BaronessM; 15-04-2013 at 20:32. Reason: I am struggling to remember how to spell 'discretely'. Is it right, now..?
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