Police Fine Mom When 2-Year-Old Pees on Sidewalk

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Nathaniel RobboyHere's a story that will totally piss off anyone who has tried to potty train a toddler (pun totally intended). Philadelphia mom Caroline Robboy was given both a ticket and a lecture by a police officer this past Sunday evening because her 2-year-old potty-training son, Nathaniel, couldn't hold it.

I kid you not. She told NBC10 that they were in a store with her two other children and elderly in-laws when the toddler said he needed to go. She asked if they could use the restroom, and they were "told no." Upon exiting the store the boy couldn't hold it and ran over to a pole on the sidewalk to get some relief.

When she saw what was happening, she tried to at least get him to move to a grassy patch, but it was too late. A police officer saw it and busted them, issuing her a $50 ticket for public urination.

She told the station, “He said, ‘I’m doing this for your own protection' because God forbid there might have been a pervert out there looking at my son."

Unbelievable, right?

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When a 2-year-old needs to go, a 2-year-old needs to go, and while outside on a public street isn't ideal, sometimes that's what needs to happen. Dogs do it all the time, so it's not that big of a deal. I wouldn't encourage my son to do so except in an emergency, but there were plenty of times that we had no other choice than to go in a corner of a parking garage or at a park. It happens. 

As for any perverts, in the heat of the moment, I'd be pretty willing to take my chances that one didn't just happen to be standing there for the two seconds it takes for a kid  to go. Talk about paranoia. Besides, the street seems a lot less sketchy than public restrooms in that regard.

Robboy says she plans to fight the ticket, as she should.

It’s not about the $50. I want a place that feels friendly to me where my children feel safe and have positive experiences with police officers.

Hopefully she'll get some justice. Here she is talking more about the incident.

Do find it outrageous that this mother was ticketed because her 2-year-old peed on the street?


Image via NBC Philadelphia

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Mikia Brigham

I don't find it outrageous, but it is highly inconvenient.  I've been in the same situation, but when I was told no, I explained that I am potty training and they allowed my daughter to use the restroom.  I don't know why he chose a pole to pee on.  That's weird.  I would take it to court and contest it.  Maybe the judge will see things from her point of view and dismiss it.

work4... work4mickey

Since there was no "public restroom" where was the kid supposed to go? This is ridiculous, unless they want to legally require businesses allow people to use thier restrooms. The mom tried to use a restroom and was told no.

the4m... the4mutts

She should just pay the damn fine and shut up.

Its not a large amount, and she isn't being harassed. I personally don't care if its dog piss, or people piss, I don't want to walk through it on a sidewalk, especially near the entrance to a store I might want to go in.

No, the kid technically did nothing wrong, he didn't know any better. But the officer was just doing their job. If someone had seen the officer do NOTHING, they could have complained to his higher-ups, and he could have lost his job.

zandh... zandhmom2

Ok, I understand that he couldn't use the store restroom but she should have taken the child somewhere where other people couldn't see him pee.  Not on the sidewalk.

On a side note: please don't compare this child to a dog.  Dogs also go around biting and humping so if a kid did that too, would that be ok? I don't get your logic on that comparison.

Miche... Michelephant

The kid isn't going to respect the police if his mom goes to news stations and makes a huge stink about a $50 ticket when the officer was just doing his job.  Sometimes the police have to issue stupid tickets and violations. 

nonmember avatar Emily

Those police really did a good job stopping crime didn't they? I personally feel safer...

nonmember avatar Em

Yes she deserved that ticket. Public urination is disgusting...take some responsibility mom, it's part of being a parent .

nonmember avatar Michele Hall

4mutts: Cops go around beating homeless mentally ill men and tossing pregnant lady's to the ground here in LA and don't loose their jobs...highly doubt a cop is going to lose his job for not giving a ticket to a mother whose son has to pee.

coral... coralstrr

Do you any of you have children? By the time the mom took him some where more private he probably would have peed his pants, would they have gotten a ticket for that too...a 2 years old peed his pants in public because he couldn't make it to a public restroom. GMAB

nonmember avatar Ncmomx3

That's why we carry a potty chair in the trunk of our car. This is a case of bad parenting & poor planning. Throw a pull-up on your kid if they aren't potty trained. Don't bash cops for doing the right thing. She should be ashamed of herself for humiliating her child in public AND trying to make a big stink about the ticket she deserved.

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