Urinal Fail Proves Bad Parent Or My Lack Of Understanding

So I was in the bathroom of an Applebee’s restaurant. I’m on my way to wash my hands when a man and two children walk in.

The man is about 45ish the kids are about 7 and 4. 

The 4-year-old walks over to an empty urinal and picks up the blue piss soap and sticks it in his mouth. You know, the ones made of chemicals and covered in pubic hair (see below). O.o

I froze up (for lack of a better word) and just looked at the dad and made a strange noise (not sure what) while pointing at the kid.

The dad gives me this nonchalant look and says, “You know how kids are.” He then walks over to the kid (in no rush whatsoever) and pulls out the hockey puck, tosses it back in the urinal and takes his time to get a towel and wipe the kids face off. 

I’m standing there thinking that the kid should be rushed to a hospital and then given some secret drug kept in reserve for just this occasion, but all the parent does is wipe off the kid’s face and tell him to do better

At the very least panic a bit and rinse the kid’s mouth out for the next hour or so.

Is it me overreacting or was that a bad parent?

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  1. Weeeell…
    That’s NOT a first time parent. A first time parent would go crazy and rush to the hospital (and all that).
    *children will put all manner of things in their mouths*
    While not the healthiest things to put in one’s mouth (neither are Tide Pods), it’s not the end of the world.

    Imagine, if you will, not everyone will wash their hands after they use the restroom… they may shake your hand, or prepare your food, or… at the very least touch the door handle on the way out. ***and then you touch the door – after you wash your hands.

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  2. They used to say a dogs mouth is cleaner than a humans. I think this has been debunked, but never underestimate the strength of a dirty kids immune system.

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  3. Urinal cakes are usually for dessert. Pretty gross but probably no harm.

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  4. So far from the feedback, it looks like I was overreacting. LOL We live we learn.

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  5. No. I had the same reaction you did. “Holy Crap!” I would have been like “Don’t eat that!!!” And, I don’t have any kids. Of course, I would have stated to both kids before entering the bathroom “Don’t touch anything!” But, that’s just me…

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  6. I would have reacted similar to you. Judging from the father’s reaction, I would say the kid had done it before, and it hadn’t harmed him, so the father wasn’t worried. Though, maybe the father should’ve rinsed the kids mouth out a few times.

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  7. I would have reacted similar to you. If I’m reading this correctly, this is something that people have peed over.

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  8. Of course… a little mouth rinsing wouldn’t hurt.

    *** I’ll be right back with my hand sanitizer – – that stuff will kill 99.9% of germs, yanno.


  9. Oops

    Uhh… use water to rinse the kids mouth out. The sanitizer is for your hands after touching the door – if you so desire, personally I stay away from the stuff, except in extreme emergencies.


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