I had a dreadful experience Christmas shopping today. My husband and my three kids and myself visited our the local Bargain shop and after spending awhile dodging the piles of stock in boxes stacked in aisles shopping my 5 year old son Owen informed me he had to go to the bathroom.
We approached the 3 sales clerks who were standing at the cash register chatting with each other instead of putting stock away and we were informed that it is their policy NOT to allow customers to use the bathroom. They suggested I take my son home to go pee.
The store is located at the end of our main street, not in some mall with public washrooms. So our options were limited to traipsing up and down main street in search of another bathroom in below freezing weather or go home.
So I did what I had to do, we abandoned our cart full of Christmas goodies and went home. Luckily Owen was able to hold it and we made it home without any accidents.
Maybe where you live it is common practise to not allow customers to use the bathrooms but I've NEVER had that happen to me in the almost 7 years I've been a parent. Seriously. Who looks at a child doing the pee pee dance and says "no, you can't use our bathroom" ????
I found it not only rude to tell me to take my child home but a seriously dumb business move. You think I will take my kids shopping there again? Not a chance. I have three kids ages 6 and under... someone ALWAYS has to go to the bathroom when we are out.
So to you Bargain Shop... bad manners and bad policy I say.
We will just have to find somewhere a little more family friendly to shop next time.