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To have asked this woman to clean up?

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SourSweets Fri 02-May-14 03:34:42

Went swimming today with my DS. Waited ages for the baby changing room to become available (he can't stand at all or sit very well by himself and the floors are always gross and verruca-ey so we can't use a normal room).

When the woman came out with her toddler who was eating crisps I immediately thought "oh no...", looked in the room which was disgusting. Soggy crisps all over the floor, the bench and the baby changing unit, half a shmushed up banana on the bench and the skin on the floor.

I said to the woman "you've left this room in a right mess" and she said "well what do you expect me to do about it?"

So I said "clean up after yourself!" And she whatevered me and walked off. I said "have some courtesy for other people around you" and she whatevered again.

So I had to struggle to clean up someone else's grossness while holding a wet, squirmy and by now quite annoyed baby.

This is not the first time this has happened, and of all the foods to feed a child in the changing rooms why crisps?!

CrohnicallyHungry Fri 02-May-14 22:10:29

woodland why are they a poor choice on every level? Everything on moderation, right? And I don't think DD having a packet of 'crisps' (like I said, usually organix or similar) once a fortnight ish after a swimming session is going to do her much harm.

TheSkiingGardener Sat 03-May-14 00:09:00

I gave the DC Organix crisps once. I was finding orange parts of their skin for days.

I feed the DC in the changing rooms. They are 3 and 1, ravenous after swimming and my husband is a world champion ditherer. By we always leave the room clean!

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Sat 03-May-14 00:17:29

Plain pom bears (yes, I know) are the best toddler crisps. No colouring, barely any flavouring, and they don't crumble into a million tiny pieces.

I would merrily not give my toddler a snack after swimming, but you would get to listen to him cry and wail and have a tantrum because he's hungry. Swimming makes me starving too. The problem wasn't the food, it was the stupid woman not cleaning up and then being a rude cow when it was pointed out to her.

Mybellyisaneasteregg Sat 03-May-14 00:18:12


Why didn't she just give the dc a drink and then food after they had left the change room.

YellowTulips Sat 03-May-14 00:25:01

She was rude and self entitled.

You were right to confront her - but the rub is that someone so self absorbed wouldn't have even registered you point hmm

I had a similar situation but what was left on the floor was a dirty nappy. Total refusal to clean up. Awful.

Pleasejustgo Sat 03-May-14 10:19:41

You really can't expect much more from an adult who 'whatevers'.

Eating in a changing room is akin to eating in the bathroom as far as I'm concerned and bits of crisps on the floor. Absolutely not on.

I bet she doesn't know what flip flops are either. As other posters have said, feral woman.


bochead Sat 03-May-14 10:53:18

I think there is a case for management refusing to let people like this use their facilities again, unless the reason they didn't clean up is that an ambulance was called!

Oddly the individuals I've known to be so dirty when out and about are the most anal about mess in their own homes. mentally disturbed I think.

janey68 Sat 03-May-14 12:18:19

Not keen on the idea of feeding kids actually in the changing rooms. A bf child will probably mean staying in there longer than necessary which is unfair on others waiting. As for other food; well, it's all so subjective isn't it? A bag of crisps may not seem a big deal to some, but they can leave a smell behind, plus of course not everyone cleans up meticulously. Just seems a bit of an unpleasant place to eat too, given that they're usually pretty humid, steamy places.
People are strange... You often hear people say (quite rightly) that they don't want to feel they have to hide away and bf a child in a dingy feeding room or baby changing cubicle... And yet they seem to want to make a point of feeding their child somewhere equally grim at a swimming pool

If a child is so hungry they come out of the pool literally screaming and can't wait the ten minutes it needs (if that) to dry and dress, then I think they're being kept too long In the pool. It should be quite possible to dry, dress and go eat outside or if its cold, in the cafe/ spectator area which is properly set up for it.

Our local pool now has 'no eating in the changing rooms' signs so clearly it's been an issue there...

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