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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Lynne Faraday

typical, this could only happen in the USA!!, god you all so over react with about every thing dont you?? pathetic!! bad perenting ? she should carry a potty chair?? and how far from the store could you park the car?? ridiculous comment!!

Lynne Faraday

why do my comments get deleted????

Justin Whatchamacallhim

What a waste of time and paper for the ticket. Police today are nothing but meter maids with guns. Only purpose most of them serve is issuing tickets. Go find some real criminals to arrest. Plenty to choose from in these days of times.

Carol Nutsch

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

Mary Renee Reuter

I think that's just plain terrible on the policeman's part. If you believe Erik Erikson and any of his theroies of child development, potty training is an extremely important achievement to be handle with encouragement and not punishment or scorn or a $50 ticket! It's the first task that a toddler is REALLY conquering on his own, and how it is handle can leave them with a lifetime of either confidence or shame/self doubt. The little boy knew he had to go, knew he had to get to a bathroom, knew he wasn't supposed to pee inside of his pants, so he did the most logical thing, and peed outside of his pants.


 


What a jackass of a cop, seriously. I would have probably ripped the ticket up right in his face. There is a difference between a two year old boy in the midst of potty training having an accident on the sidewalk and a grown man. He does not deserve the shame and humiliation of having what is basically an accident outside of his pants! Give me a break. It could have been a learning opportunity for everyone involve. The cop is a prick and I bet you 99% of cops would not actually issue the damn ticket. Have a talk with the mother? Probably. Given her a warning? Maybe. Given her a break? I would! 


 


 

nonmember avatar Nancy

"... 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."

Now I know who to blame when a stairwell or parking garage smells like a urinal. If your kid isn't fully potty-trained, either put him in pull-ups and plastic pants when you go out, or get a sitter. Don't subject the rest of us to your poor planning (and parenting).

nonmember avatar Apes242

public urination is the appropriate fine... this mother should focus her efforts on her son explaining that doing that was the only way at the moment to avoid an accident BUT if he can try to tell mommy next time a little sooner, like explain it's not good to wait and if he thinks he needs to or thinks he has that feeling he should tell mommy so they can check just in case.... and the mommy is usually able to keep fairly accurate record in her head for the days far as liquid in take, I he was dry overnight and when was the last time... it sucks the cop cooing have warned her and moved on, total D ick move, but it was exactly what she was cited for. she should move on an pay it.

nonmember avatar William

At two years old, he should be wearing pull ups just in case. Personally it's sad that he was being potty trained at such a young age. I believe the boy was afraid of being punished if he wet himself, so he acted as if the pole was a tree and took care of business. What else could he do?
Wait a few more minutes, NO! Beside he probably was told to wait when he first had to go, and the urge was really happening now.
What if mom picked him up while he was peeing, he would have peed on someone.

nonmember avatar Neal

Some of you parents need to stop comparing your kids with other kids as if every child are the same. The tyke should have been wearing Pull-Ups as precautionary measures.

Hime_... Hime_Tanuki

I'm a mom, and I know what it's like to have a child that needs to go and a restroom is nowhere in site. You don't have a diaper nor fresh clothing. What do you do? We aren't perfect and so I'm not going to bash this mom because I know. That officer was a little mean though. He's 2 not 20, the kid didn't know any better. The kid would have been just fine with a warning as I'm sure the mom knew that you don't pee in public. 
Unprepared + Mean officer = ticket.
I'm sure she can fight this and win, the kid won't even remember it.  

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