People who are spending time with toddler know that Potty training can be a real hard task. Addition to that, these little creatures are unpredictable. So Georgia mom Brooke Johns has been dealing with. But nothing prepared her for the recent potty-training emergency she had with her 3-year-old son, Cohen, which wound up getting her smacked with a citation for “disorderly conduct.”
Brooke stated WRDW she was driving with her son last week when he told her he had to go potty.
“He’s like, ‘Mom, I’ve got to pee. I’ve got to pee!'” she told the station. “I was like, ‘Well, hold on,’ and he’s like, ‘No! I’ve GOT to pee! I’ve got to REALLY pee.’ And I’m like, ‘Baby, there’s nowhere for me to go, and he says, ‘Momma, I’m about to pee in my pants!'”
So it is clear that Brooke must have been gone through a hard situation because she rushed to find a place to stop the car, and prayed her son wouldn’t pee all over himself or his car seat.
Fortunately, she reached a gas station, but she wasn’t totally home-free just yet.
Brooke is pregnant and it is due next month with a baby sister for Cohen, she has been advised by her doctor to avoid picking up her son until after the birth.
“He’s heavy,” she told WRDW. “You know, I’m not supposed to lift him.”
With this situation, it was clear that they cannot make it into the bathroom, even if they make it, Brooke was stressed that her son would pee all over the floor.
“He was peeing before his pants were even all the way down,” she explained, “so obviously he had to go.”
Therefore, she had the only option, to let him pee in the parking lot.
Unluckily for Brooke, this occurred to be in full view of a local deputy, who seemingly has never dealt with a potty-training toddler before.
Let’s imagine that this person has not sympathetic towards the potty-training,
And even though it was a toddler who peed on the pavement, Brooke was slapped with a citation for disorderly conduct.
As per the Brooke, the ticket description reads: “She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot. I observed the male’s genitals and the urination. Public restrooms are offered at the location.”
It’s evil because toddler who couldn’t hold his pee had an accident in public! What a completely foolish and unheard of thing to happen
In all significance: Public urination isn’t acceptable, however, potty-training accidents occur. And Brooke, as you might expect, is pretty PO’d about it.
“Accidents happen,” she told WRDW. “And he was like, ‘Take him in the bathroom.’ What if I would have run in the bathroom and someone had been in there? What I was going to let him do? Pee on the floor of the gas station?”
Honorably, we do not know. And neither do a slew of other people on Facebook, who have been irritated over the story.
“This deputy should be looking for drugs, criminals, etc.,” wrote one user, “not ‘genitals’ (as was noted in the citation). Sounds like this isn’t the type of deputy that needs to be patrolling the streets of Augusta, especially since there are way bigger issues!.”
“Can we all go to court with her?” wrote another. “Can we all tell the judge our circumstance? Let me know if we can be there!!!!!!”
Even Brooke’s own mother chimed in on Facebook, defending her daughter as a “great mom” and voicing her frustration over the whole matter.
“I don’t understand the thought behind this charge,” she wrote. “Talk about stress! So unfair to her or my grandson who just could not wait to go potty till they got inside! He’s a child!”
Meanwhile, Brooke is due in court on April 30, which is a few days before she’s due to give birth.
“Yeah, I could extend it,” she said, “but I would rather deal with it when I’m pregnant. Not when I have a newborn.”
Such real-life situations are pretty unreal, however, such stories should not be making as headlines. In 2014, an Oklahoma cop issued the same citation after seeing a 3-year-old peeing in the street — except, in that case, he slapped the toddler with a $2,500 ticket.
However, if Brook found guilty for this action, she has to deal with a penalty of $1,000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail. It’s better if the court case can have dismissed because unwanted stress is something has to avoid by a mother when she’s about to go into labor, therefore most of us can come to an agreement that this is scarcely a good use of the justice system’s time.
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