On Sunday, The Boyfriend, The Princess, The Pea and I spent the day at the park with two of my closest friends and their families. It was lovely, the kids ran around, had fun in the playground, struggled to sit still for any picnic food (actually, The Princess was the only one who struggled with this), bounced on the bouncy castle and generally had a great time.
Except for the mean man in the cafe. The Brampton park is a place we go to quite often, as it has loads of space to run and play, as well as a sandpit and a play park and a miniature train, plus a toy museum for rainy days. It also has a cafe and soft play area, both of which are over-priced, so we tend to avoid it. But when The Princess said she needed a wee, it was the only place close-by that we knew there were toilets. I was feeding The Pea, so The Boyfriend took our now dry-by-day daughter to the loo, and came back out 30 seconds later looking rather cross.
“The toilets are only for paying customers” , and clearly not for desperate three year olds to relieve their discomfort. The Boyfriend, now carrying The Princess who was unable to walk and stop herself from having an accident, made his way over to the museum where the toilets are free to use.
It was Sunday. The museum was closed. Back The Boyfriend and Princess came, both red-faced and upset by the situation, and into the Cheeky Monkey’s cafe to use the toilet, much to the protest of the owner, who called to The Boyfriend, “What are you going to buy then?!”
We were all unimpressed by this man’s attitude, that in order for the little ones to go for a wee, the parents must first buy something! Luckily it didn’t ruin any of the fun, I just despair of the attitudes of some people. I kind of wish The Princess had been unable to hold it in any longer and peed on his floor – but only to teach him that when little ones need to go, they really need to go (I’d never wish humiliation on my little girl like that really!). We rarely ever spent money or time in that cafe anyway, but thanks to the mean man and his silly attitude, we will be avoiding it completely, and will go somewhere that the staff understand and care about children.