We had a Fourth of July barbeque last year where more than 20 children ran around our yard. As I stepped out the front door with a tray of deviled eggs in my hand, I noticed a friend’s 3-year-old son peeing on our front bushes.
He smiled and said, “Sorry, I really had to go and didn’t know where your bathroom was.”
I cracked up laughing and showed him inside to wash his hands.
But had we lived in Piedmont, Okla., that situation could have cost me thousands of dollars.
According to news reports, a mother was recently issued a $2,500 ticket when a police officer drove by her two acre home to find her 3-year-old son urinating in the front lawn. The officer told the mother that because the boy was in public view, it was considered public urination. The mother explained to the officer that they are currently potty-training their son and he didn’t want to get his training pants wet. The officer still issued the ticket and didn’t relent in his decision. The family is now fighting the charges and has a December court hearing scheduled.
Wow, Piedmont must be the safest place in America if this is the hard-hitting crime of the area.
The case is absurd and pathetic.
I can understand ticketing a grown man for public urination when it occurs at a gas station or grocery store, but a potty-training 3-year-old who does it in his own yard? That’s a bit much.
I’ve been to many parks and playgrounds where little ones have to use the bathroom and there’s no toilet available. I don’t bat an eye when their parents take them behind a tree or bush to relieve themselves.
Those are very public places, so are you going to ticket them?
What other option do they have? To pee in their pants? Talk about unsanitary.
Call me naïve and crazy, but I believe that we will still be able to sleep at night knowing that a toddler might be peeing on the yard next to ours.
Heck, it might even be my son.
I’ll just have to be sure he goes in the backyard rather than the front – seems like it will be cheaper that way.
Danielle Herzog is married and a mother to two children. Read her every Wednesday on momaha.
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