Re-Adjustment Woes #2: Public Parks as Restrooms

Not “public park restrooms,” but “public parks AS restrooms.” I don’t care how often I see it, I’ll never get used to seeing people going to the bathroom in public, or rather, I’ll never get used to seeing people going to the bathroom in full view of the public. I don’t have much of a problem any more with people who do their business while hidden behind a bush or a wall. I was walking around a local park recently and a 10 year-old boy walked over to the paved path, pulled his pants down, and dropped a load right in the middle of the pavement. His mother had a handful of napkins and proceeded to scoop up the excrement the way you might that of a dog, and dropped it in the trash-can. Now on the surface this smacks of politeness. She did, after all, pick up the doody, but given that there was a public bathroom literally thirty feet away, I just ground my teeth and punched my leg a few times in annoyance.

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