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Potty Training Mom In Restaurant Stuns And Horrifies Internet

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Have you seen the potty-training mom who shocked fellow diners and eventually the internet at large when she whipped out a portable toddler toilet at the table and allowed her twins to use them while eating chicken nuggets in a crowded restaurant?

Oh, it apparently happened. It’s people like the potty-training mom in Utah that ruin it for the rest of us parents because, while 99 percent of us seem to think that potty functions should occur in the actual bathroom, the teensy percentage of people who do stuff like this get the rest of us called to account on restaurants, planes, and generally anywhere in public parents are forced to take their kids because babysitters are expensive as all get out.

The story became public when fellow mom and diner Kimberly Decker snapped the shots in shock after having her meal (understandably) ruined by the sight of the children sitting nude on toddler toilets at the table, eating while possibly urinating or defecating, and I think this may be the most disgusting post I have ever had to write.

The story quickly spread around the web because it was hella gross, and Decker explained the horror scene that she witnessed unfold in the restaurant:

“I noticed that this lady was having her two – she had two twins – two little girls about 2-and-a-half years old, sitting on what I thought were booster seats … She had to undo the jump suits, and take them all the way down so they were completely nude, with the jump suits down to their ankles just eating their chicken nuggets, sitting on little toddler potties.”

Decker said something that most people would probably agree is exactly how they’d feel in such a situation:

“The more you thought about it, the more unappetizing everything looked around me.”

Have you ever in your life? The sad thing is the toddler toilets in restaurants tale is drawing inevitable parallels to breastfeeding at a restaurant; that is (may we point out) a pretty awful and derisive comparison. Would you summon a manager if elimination-type functions were occurring at the next table if you paid for a nice meal out?

Mom potty trains twins at dining table

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153 Responses to “Potty Training Mom In Restaurant Stuns And Horrifies Internet”

  1. Christopher Koulouris

    Interesting. What’s the expression? Different strokes for different folks. But seriously maybe training your kids to do that stuff amongst strangers who are also eating isn’t probably going to win you the best behavior award. After all who wants to be reminded about something so personal at the dinner table and by kids who you know are probably making a mess of it too? Makes you wonder what else goes on at home never mind in public.

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/09/is-potty-training-your-toddler-in-a-restaurant-a-good-idea/

  2. Gina Whisnant

    They have a drive thru. Get your food and take it and the kids home. This is nasty, and yes. I would complain. I would also ask her wtf she thought she wad doing, and suggest parenting classes.

  3. Gina Whisnant

    They have a drive thru. Get your food and take it and the kids home. This is nasty, and yes. I would complain. I would also ask her wtf she thought she wad doing, and suggest parenting classes.

  4. Ryan Carranza

    I mean, I am sure it's no fun to potty train a kid, but why make everyone else suffer?

  5. Diane Churchill

    ARE U KIDDING? Why would ANY diner put up with something like that! I'd call the manger, I'd threaten to call code enforcement if they didn't throw her right out of the place! Two naked babies pooping at the table WHILE THEY ARE EATING isn't my idea of a nice night out that we stretched our budget for… Forget berating that mother… it's obvious she has no common sense & thinks everything is just hunky dory in her little world.. I can't even see it being considered child abuse, just grossing out everyone around them! UGH…

  6. Paula Kate Meserole

    Gross and disgusting. This was a health risk for the kids as well as everyone in the restaurant. Completely inappropriate. She should at the very least have taken them to the rest room.

  7. Lisa Tomlin

    Why would anyone do that? Why would anyone teach their child that its OK to potty in a public place. That's what this woman is teaching her children. Not only is she grossing out and possibly harming the other customers she is also teaching her children to potty in public and not in the bathroom.

  8. Susan Lail Keller

    OMG Gina, where do you get all these articles!!!! LOL!!!! Potting at the table is not acceptable… (do you potty there? Why would you train a child to potty there???) Yet breastfeeding I think is, as long as mother is discreet about it. I breastfed my babies in restarants, but only when we got a secluded booth and had a blanket to cover myself. The waitreeses/waiters didnt even know… just looked like I was holding baby…

  9. Susan Lail Keller

    OMG Gina, where do you get all these articles!!!! LOL!!!! Potting at the table is not acceptable… (do you potty there? Why would you train a child to potty there???) Yet breastfeeding I think is, as long as mother is discreet about it. I breastfed my babies in restarants, but only when we got a secluded booth and had a blanket to cover myself. The waitreeses/waiters didnt even know… just looked like I was holding baby…

  10. Cathy Sparks Frost

    I would be the FIRST to blow the whistle! This is disgusting beyond words – and, as stated by Candy – not only gross, but if let go, no DOUBT a health violation that could shut the restaurant down! Do people just have NO sense anymore.

  11. Cathy Sparks Frost

    I would be the FIRST to blow the whistle! This is disgusting beyond words – and, as stated by Candy – not only gross, but if let go, no DOUBT a health violation that could shut the restaurant down! Do people just have NO sense anymore.

  12. John Markas

    Quite disgusting – she should have been tossed out of the restaurant with her brood. I am not surprised at this though, no class whatsoever.

  13. Morgen Stamate

    No don't need a diaper, just take them to the bathroom like everyone else does with their potty training kids! The whole point of potty training is learning to use the toilet like an adult. What she is doing there is not potty training.

  14. Noreen Burkett

    It's not gross watching stuff go into a kid…just coming out of them! Take your kids to the BATHROOM, idiot!

  15. Sarah Nailor

    What the heck was she thinking by doing this. Has she ever heard of Eccoli Botulinum that comes from not washing your hands after using the bathroom. She should have been removed from the restaurant.

  16. Donna Laur Joy

    I would have to know the age of the kid. I still say use a diaper for a short stint out to a restaurant. You don,t use a night out dining as a potty traing episode.

  17. Donna Laur Joy

    I would have to know the age of the kid. I still say use a diaper for a short stint out to a restaurant. You don,t use a night out dining as a potty traing episode.

  18. Steve Titus

    I would like to go to a dinner party at her house and, after the meal, drop trou and shit on one of her plates. If she is too lazy to take her children to the bathroom, then I'm too lazy to use the facility at her house. I'm sure she can't see what the problem is. What a dipshit!

  19. Kris Kulesa-Colt

    Absolutely NOT and I would NOT have kept my mouth closed. I walked into a bathroom once in a water park and a 2 year old was standing naked on the edge of the sink using it as a urinal. I FLIPPED on the mom.

  20. Kris Kulesa-Colt

    Absolutely NOT and I would NOT have kept my mouth closed. I walked into a bathroom once in a water park and a 2 year old was standing naked on the edge of the sink using it as a urinal. I FLIPPED on the mom.

  21. Steve Titus

    @Brandi. Good point. I remember a few years ago seeing a tv show where a grandmother was arrested and convicted of child pornography for taking pictures of her grandchildren. And she was a professional photographer. All it included was bare butts and backs at a decent, respectable angle. This is definetly indecent exposure.

  22. Steve Titus

    @Brandi. Good point. I remember a few years ago seeing a tv show where a grandmother was arrested and convicted of child pornography for taking pictures of her grandchildren. And she was a professional photographer. All it included was bare butts and backs at a decent, respectable angle. This is definetly indecent exposure.

  23. Laurie Mays-Alves

    While I don't condone the Mom;s behavior in anyway… I am as disgusted by this woman taking a photo of that naked baby! The Mother obviously has no regard for privacy, (or health/sanitary codes) but this woman who is so appalled is putting those babies on the internet for the WORLD to see? How is that behavior any better? ugh…

  24. Gale Mason

    What is wrong with some parents nowdays is THEY WERE NOT TAUGHT, any respect, any manners and no dignity. They in return have have caused me to use awful words like… stupid bitch, idiot, and moron.

  25. Gale Mason

    What is wrong with some parents nowdays is THEY WERE NOT TAUGHT, any respect, any manners and no dignity. They in return have have caused me to use awful words like… stupid bitch, idiot, and moron.

  26. Gwendolyn Walker

    ok..This chick is just plain skipping without a rope….one brick short of a load..not playing with a full deck…..help me out I know there is more…trying to be nice Because what I want to say would not be very nice to read….DON'T SHE HAVE A HOUSE TO DO THAT IN…WHAT A DUMB ASS!

  27. Gwendolyn Walker

    ok..This chick is just plain skipping without a rope….one brick short of a load..not playing with a full deck…..help me out I know there is more…trying to be nice Because what I want to say would not be very nice to read….DON'T SHE HAVE A HOUSE TO DO THAT IN…WHAT A DUMB ASS!

  28. Abigail Greaves

    At the very least put training pants on them that way if there is an Accident while eating they will still be okay and not ruin it for everyone else. That's what I do, I am potty training two kids and I use the pull up training pants when we go to a food joint.

  29. Kathy Kosmecki Zyduck

    How on earth did the restaurant not notice? You mean no servers visited their table?

  30. Steve Titus

    @ Gwendolyn: Cheese slipped off her cracker. Elevator doesn't go all the way to the top. 2 boards short of a house. Tire is flat on one side. 2 ounces short of a pound. Only has 98 cents out of a dollar. 1 prong missing off of her fork. Her spoon has holes in it. Need more?

  31. Michelle Burke

    My question is whats wrong with that woman. Is she stupid or just plain ignorant?

  32. Cathy Vo

    why wasn't she immediately asked to leave, as soon as she started taking their clothes off? the manager should have kicked her out! as a fellow diner..I would have complained big time and also told the manager if he didn't have her leave..i would be calling the health dept and child services!

  33. Cathy Vo

    I would also tell the manager my mealtime was ruined, and that after I call the health dept. I would be leaving..without paying for my meal..which was totally ruined!

  34. Chrissy Joy Kilby

    So, this mother carries around these 'toliets'? Do you think she puts them back in her vehicle full or takes them to the restroom to empty them? And then she is going to Wipe them there? WOW! I feel sad for these girls who are going to grow up, learning from her, and are most likely going to be doing the same thing with their children in the future.

  35. Jackie Meyer

    If you compare what this lady did to breastfeeding, you're out of your damn mind. This is disgusting and the mom should be ticketed for something. This is beyond disgusting and just plain moronic. This lady is too stupid to have custody of those choldren.

  36. Reda Dowe Smith Cavender

    That is all kinds of nasty. That is child abuse, it's against any state's health code, it should be against the restaurant's rules, it's against the rules of civil, common decency.

  37. Sally Klein

    I agree,using a toilet in an eating are of any kind is outrageous and stupid,and disgusting,not to mention dangerous because of bacteria! I would have flipped my lid seeing this!

  38. Sally Klein

    I agree,using a toilet in an eating are of any kind is outrageous and stupid,and disgusting,not to mention dangerous because of bacteria! I would have flipped my lid seeing this!

  39. Mindy L. Watkins

    That is freakin disgusting! And they're comparing it with breastfeeding? I don't wanna c that either, but at least with breastfeeding, a mother can cover herself and the baby so no one else has to watch…. Plus, breastmilk is not excrement!

  40. Bobby Owen

    I was eating at a Whataburger in New Braunfels Tx when a hispanic couple put their baby on a table and changed a shitty diaper. The manager didn't seem to think it was a problem.

  41. Olivia Timothy

    Eating at the table (including breastfeeding) is acceptable. If there's nothing wrong with an adult eating at the table, there's nothing wrong with an infant eating at the table. Likewise, going to the bathroom at the table is NOT acceptable. If there's something wrong with an adult going to the bathroom at the table (and in my crazy mind, there is), then there's something wrong with an infant doing it too. WHAT was she thinking?

  42. Wanda Filut Wells

    That is disgusting! It doesn't even compare to breastfeeding in public. Lazy white trash parents. Ughh! The manager should have made them leave.

  43. Samantha Porcaro

    Wow! Just wow! I don't understand people like this. I took my kids to the bathroom. I wouldn't let them sit in a potty at the table in my own home, let alone a public restaurant! That is just lazy… Plain fluffing lazy!

  44. Lydia Knight

    the manager didn't know unitl after the fact.. or else they would have said something..

  45. Lydia Knight

    Breastfeeding is more acceptable.. and I dont know why people are making a big deal about it, babies gotta eat too! are you giong to deprive them of food.. and then there would be a whole big scoop about mommies neglecting child for not feeding and child is now malnourished.. would rather see breastfeeding anytime of day!

  46. Jan Cox

    NO CLASS ~ no consideration for others. Pathetic example of a parent. I'd have the manager remove them or I would leave and my dinner would be on the house…

  47. Barbara Crosset-Hoffmeier

    Uh – Board of Health…Hello? Poor children! This is so wrong on oh so many levels!

  48. Alice Weimer

    Imagine being the next group at that table (shudder). The staff should have made them leave and closed off that table for sanitizing…but how would they get rid of the smell?

  49. Mary Doan

    Neither breastfeeding nor potty training in public is appropriate nor is it funny. Actually makes ME sick. and if I were in a restaurant where this was going on, I would complain and leave without paying my bill. You want this sort of crap in your restaurant, I'm not going to be your customer. Tolerance has gone way too far in this country.

  50. Cathiann Boylan- Mcguire

    Horrible Lazy parents. Go into the Bathroom. Why would these children need to be naked. They are lucky I wasn't in that restaurant because I would have said something.

  51. Philip Neil Buskirk

    Somebody needs to find out what this womens name is and post for ALL TO SEE!

  52. Kathy H

    This situation is unsanitary and is beyond disgusting! There is no true comparison between this and breast feeding. Breast feeding is fine in public.

  53. Jen Harms Wilson

    In my mind, this parallels the issue of public breastfeeding quite nicely: People should not be forced to eat where other people have been eliminating waste. Simple as that.

  54. Veronica Thomas

    That woman better be paying for th meals she ruined! How Rude of her. Not to mention totally gross. Letting your child potty train while eating at a table is terrible! Oh yes lets teach our children that using the bathroom anywhere is acceptable. Durrr! How about eating while using the bathroom. Bet she didnt even have those kids wash their hands! Yuck!

  55. Chantal Caron

    I can't believe no one told the staff while it was happening or confronted the woman!! Crazy behavior, the mom must have major issues!! It's like she wanted to shock people & get atention!!

  56. Stephanie Johanesen

    Me too. I can't believe people equate breast-feeding with something like this… where do we live? The dark ages? Good lord. And the mom that did this? That is the depth of laziness if I've ever seen it. I've seen some pretty lazy parenting when it comes to potty training before, but this takes the cake

  57. Stephanie Johanesen

    Me too. I can't believe people equate breast-feeding with something like this… where do we live? The dark ages? Good lord. And the mom that did this? That is the depth of laziness if I've ever seen it. I've seen some pretty lazy parenting when it comes to potty training before, but this takes the cake

  58. Stephanie Johanesen

    Me too. I can't believe people equate breast-feeding with something like this… where do we live? The dark ages? Good lord. And the mom that did this? That is the depth of laziness if I've ever seen it. I've seen some pretty lazy parenting when it comes to potty training before, but this takes the cake

  59. Elizabeth Parks

    And there's a difference between a kid eating in a place where people go to eat and a kid shitting there.

  60. Gina Whisnant

    Breast feeding is feeding not pooping, Susan. HUGE difference, plus the blanket and all. I think the main problem with breast feeding in public is guys and kids staring.. But you'd never have popped him down on the bench and changed his diaper there at the table, of course.

  61. Susan Lail Keller

    I agree! Just mentioned breastfeeding because the article mentioned it… "The sad thing is the toddler toilets in restaurants tale is drawing inevitable parallels to breastfeeding at a restaurant; that is (may we point out) a pretty awful and derisive comparison."

  62. Susan Lail Keller

    I agree! Just mentioned breastfeeding because the article mentioned it… "The sad thing is the toddler toilets in restaurants tale is drawing inevitable parallels to breastfeeding at a restaurant; that is (may we point out) a pretty awful and derisive comparison."

  63. Helen Mayes

    Not only is this a code violation, and gross, this is also endangering to the kids as of all the sexual predators out in this world. No offence as I believe that kids should be with there parents, but this mother needs to be punished as she put her kids danger of sexual predators.. She could have taken them to the restroom and done this instead of in the public for everyone to see.

  64. Wendy Tischler Thomas

    Breastfeeding women are told to go to the bathroom to nurse. That's the only thing I can think of. Which breastfeeding women find disgusting. That was the only thing I could possibly think of.

    However, having nursed my two kids for a total of 74 months and counting now, and having done elimination communication with my nearly three year old (so she was pottying ALL THE TIME), I would never ever ever ever ever have pottied her at the table. For pete's sake. If you're going to use a portable potty, great. Get up, take it and the kid with you, and go outside, or to your car, or behind a tree. Or to the bathroom. Somewhere where people are NOT eating. Gross.

  65. Barbara B J Kiker

    Just when I think I have heard and seen it all, then this article is posted. What I find as disturbing as this disgusting act is that there are sane (?) adults who think that this is acceptable. Discreetly (because of the way our society is conditiioned to breasts) breastfeeding in public, yes; pooping, definitely not.

  66. Vanessa Ortiz

    Gross. I always took my son to the restroom if he had to go. Even if we had just sat down. That's crazy!

  67. Gina Keller

    After the babies went poop she would have had to walk to the bathroom to dump the seats. Or was she planning on leaving the poop in the seats while everyone was eating? What a disgusting, selfish woman.

  68. Gina Keller

    I was thinking the same thing. The kids are twins so she was walking around with 2 potty seats in her bag? If she was too lazy to walk to the restroom than I'm assuming that she probably wasn't planning on dumping them right away. And was she going to wipe them in front of everyone while they were eating? Disgusting.

  69. Gina Keller

    I get grossed out when I'm in a restaurant and a grown adult blows their nose at the table and I see their snot stringing from their nose when I'm trying to eat. That makes me completely lose my appetite. This would be worse.

  70. Robinn Mcclain

    This video reveals stupidity on the parents part. Child sexual predators could be lurking anywhere even in fast food restaurants.
    where this woman took her two-year-old twins to potty train. Do they not understand or did she not understand what me a bit around her twins at the time that she did this.
    it was safer other people to be around. I would think that nobody including I would like to be in a restaurant and then smell the table next to you with human waste.
    honestly I think this parent was totally in the wrong and someone should've called the police on her, on the fact that her two-year-old twins were completely new to the time for one, for two.
    training the babies had to go to the bathroom in a restaurant! I can only think that child would be honestly screwed up the rest of their life, to feel it's okay to go to the bathroom.
    in public does not in public but in a restaurant with other people to watch, what's wrong with this parent, did she know better? Was she retarded? Or was she just blatantly ignorant.
    to the fact that it is wrong to potty train your child or children in public. This is why we have bathrooms at home, and if you feel that you need to bring up child's porta potty with you.
    for training the child to the bathroom and privacy. With all the predators, child molesters, child kidnappings, and being sold into slavery as a child, what was she thinking?
    Maybe this, one will see it I'll be okay they'll be safe, what dreamland was she living in? I honestly feel that this woman needs her children taken away from her.
    until she knows how to parent correctly, how we she raised? Were her parents careless, reckless, thoughtless, abusive, predators, where she molested as a child?
    If not then what the hell was she thinking? Lady if you read this I feel that you seriously need to get therapy of the mental kind, and some serious parenting classes.
    before you ever have your children returned to you, if you have any other children at home they really seriously need to look into that too, for who knows what else have you done it is so disgusting.
    but whatever it is you have done so disgusting I don't think that any of it could top this unless it was child rape. I hope whoever took this video reported it to children services.
    because I feel that this is one matter they should look into, if I knew who you were and what state you lived in I would definitely call them myself, but never take your children for granted.
    don't ever let them run nude in public especially as a child, and don't ever put your children out there to be publicly viewed in the nude. Once again I say what the hell was the matter with you what we thinking at that time?
    Sincerely one angry parent and grandparent, if you want to know my name it's Robinn K McClain and you can find me on Facebook, if you need to defend yourself so be it, but in your case I don't think any defense would work.
    you were caught on camera plus you are caught in the restaurant and yet you still walk away from it your a pig, a bad mother, treat your children as if they were open cattle.

  71. Krista Castillo

    this is nothing like breast feeding. I have breast fed my child in public, they make covers for moms so they are not exposing themselves, but potty training your kids in public especially at an eating establishment is just plane sick and wrong. YUCK.. you don't eat where you crap.

  72. Fred Tanya Barber

    NOW SOMEONE SHOULD OF CALLED CHILDREN SERVICE ON HER ASS WHILE THEY WAS SITTING THERE WATCHING THIS DISPLAY OF NEGLECT PITIFUL!

  73. Liz Hovey

    Id rather see a mom feeding her baby with her boob … that doesn't bother me … this disgusts me an makes me wonder what else this mom has them kids doing in public areas …. like really … 100% bad parenting … an I wish I cld slap da crap out of this mother … why would she think that is okay … there are bathrooms for a reason … you basically degraded your kids .. they are jus to young to know that … thank god for that tho …

  74. Lois Dix

    Naked children in a public place – I am sure this would be the dream of every pedophile in the area…… Not to mention beyond gross. That is not potty training. Potty training involves establishing some semblance of control over bodily functions. This is just exchanging pots for diapers and teaching them it is ok to do bodily elimation at any time or place.