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    Default Do you always clean up after your kids when out?

    My girlfriend and I were shopping today and we're in the Gap store looking at baby clothes for my sister when we heard this little girl ( looked 3 or 4 ish) repeatedly ask her mum to go to the toilet and the mum kept telling her to hang on a minute - well the poor little thing just stood there and wet herself, she was wearing a dress so pretty much made a giant puddle of wee on the timber floor , they both looked at us as we were right next to them and the mum said oh great and just took her hand and walked out of the shop without even telling the staff 😧
    I went and got one of the staff members so they could clean it up and she was horrified but said this is probably the second or third time this year a kid has wet themselves on the floor and no one bothers to tell them about it , they had a few near misses of people slipping in it and she then said they get kids throwing clothes, pushing over manikins and most parents just walk out , no apologies - I get kids hate shopping but if DS did any of that Id try and at least clean it or alert the staff and apologise before running out of the store! Surely there is no excuse for not even informing the staff your child had an accident?

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    I cant imagine just walking away from that without alerting and apologising to staff and most likely offering to clean it up myself if they had something i could mop it up with

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    Oh wow! I never thought anyone would do this. I would be horrified if one of my children or I slipped on a puddle of someone else's wee. How unhygienic.

    Fortunately my kids don't make a mess when out shopping but if they did I would most definitely clean up after them. If not possible, I would let staff know and apologise.

    Usually if I see one of mine are getting a bit restless or starts touching things in a store I will walk out with them and not let it get out of hand.

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    I wouldn't clean it up myself in that scenario because I don't really carry the tools with me to do it! I would tell a staff member and apologise, though!

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    It's never happened to me but if it did I would ask for some paper towel or something to clean it up.

    It's not a shop assistants job to clean up kids urine!

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    Im always clean up after my kids when out. I can not believe the lady just left, I mean even if you were in a rush you could could still let the staff know about the puddle at the very least.
    I feel sad for the little girl. It sounds like she was letting her mum know that she really needed to go and she just ignored her. Poor little poppet.


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    seriously?

    I tell people if my DD spills a tiny bit of drink ... much less wee on the floor.

    As for cleaning up mess/food/items they have knocked down or looked at - yes I put them back or clean up or tell someone.

    Its just common courtesy. The people who work there are not maids to come and clean up after me

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    There is no way strangers in a shop should be expected to clean up someone elses childs excrement. Just because its 'their shop' doesnt mean you give up your parental duties! Not only is it unhygienic, its just plain rude! I would have been very ****ed with that mother.

    I used to work in a store that had a bubble machine, and a mum left a little boy in the store while she went into the surrounding shop (you know, because i got paid to babysit toddlers too.) The little boy was rolling around on the floor, poo exploded from the top of his pants and nappy. He then continued running around the shop rolling on the floor, he wouldn't stay still for us! The Mum comes back 10 mins later and goes "when you gotta go, you gotta go!" And walked out! We were stuck with a store we had to close because it was unhygienic, we had no proper cleaning equipment on hand as you usually only use general windex.. we had to beg the centre cleaner to help and the cleaning product ruined our carpet!

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    seriously?

    I tell people if my DD spills a tiny bit of drink ... much less wee on the floor.

    As for cleaning up mess/food/items they have knocked down or looked at - yes I put them back or clean up or tell someone.

    Its just common courtesy. The people who work there are not maids to come and clean up after me

    Yep - and the fact she looked at us as we were standing right next to her and still just walked out! I definitely had my judging pants on !

    It was a massive puddle so obviously too big to clean up properly but it would take 5 seconds to least notify the staff!

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    I'm yet to find myself in that situation but I have been the staff member who's had to clean up. We had a rocking horse (complete with a real horse hair mane and tail) that a kid sh@t all over. When the mum realized she high tailed it outta there and left me with the mess. It was a sh! T of a job having to wipe clean EVERY. SINGLE.STRAND.OF.EFFING.HAIR!! I have never been so disgusted in a persons lack of responsibility in my life. I've regularly had to mop up vomit and wipe snot of benches and chairs.


 

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