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Old 09-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #1
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Little Kids and peeing in the pool - what would you do?

Last week: 10:15pm, and I am taking an evening dip in the BVC leisure pool, when the evening's peace comes to an end because Stormalong Bay has closed and the families come charging in to the open pool.

One familiy comes through the BVC lobby doors, their kids bursting ahead who come running up and leap into the pool. Yes, yes, I try not to be annoyed at this even though I taught my daughter to (a) never run by a pool and (b) never jump and splash other people especially those who are not your own family.

But then, to my utter astonishment, a 5 year old wearing swimmies is the last to jump in, and upon landing in the water, gets a glassy eyed look and mutters "I'm pee-ing..."

I shake the water out of my ears. Is that what I heard? Then he swims up to his sister, and informs her "I peed!" I start backing to the stairs.

A minute later, he swims up to his (dad?) and PROUDLY informs him he peed in the pool, and he gets a laugh and positive reinforcement for his "naughty deed."

I retreat to the hot tub in disgust. Along with another adult who apparently heard it also.

I start thinking about what's sure to be next.. and rehearsing in my mind... and sure enough, 15 minutes later, that 5 year old climbs out of the pool and starts charging toward the hot tub with (grandpa?) behind him.

"HOLD UP THERE" I say loud enough to get his attention and pointing to him. "I HEARD YOU SAY YOU PEED IN THE POOL. THERE IS NO PEEING IN THIS POOL. IT IS NOT ALLOWED." I am referring to the hot tub of course.

Grandpa catches up. "Is that true?" he asks the kid. Kid shakes head. I add "I heard you say it THREE TIMES." The other adult kicks in - "I heard it too" she says. I am glad she backs me up, because I was expecting a fight.

Kid starts crying. Grandpa says "I am sure it's a mistake" and they both walk back to their table and chairs. A few minutes later, to his credit, he comes back and apologizes for the 5 year old's behavior.

I hate to be the killjoy, but once I was at Boardwalk when they had to close the main pool for 24 hours covering prime time of two days because of a kid who was not potty trained. And frankly, I find peeing in the pool disgusting, even though it is probably not a sanitary danger.

Do families really condone this? Or would you have spoken up too?
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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I think you handled it well.

I would never condone this behavior for my children. Disgusting!
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:21 PM   #3
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They don't close pools for pee - the chlorination is supposed to take care of that. They will close them for poop incidents, so the really little kiddies should be wearing swim diapers.

The thing about the mother allowing her kids to run around a restaurant and take food off of other party's plates...yikes.
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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Last week: 10:15pm, and I am taking an evening dip in the BVC leisure pool, when the evening's peace comes to an end because Stormalong Bay has closed and the families come charging in to the open pool.

One familiy comes through the BVC lobby doors, their kids bursting ahead who come running up and leap into the pool. Yes, yes, I try not to be annoyed at this even though I taught my daughter to (a) never run by a pool and (b) never jump and splash other people especially those who are not your own family.

But then, to my utter astonishment, a 5 year old wearing swimmies is the last to jump in, and upon landing in the water, gets a glassy eyed look and mutters "I'm pee-ing..."

I shake the water out of my ears. Is that what I heard? Then he swims up to his sister, and informs her "I peed!" I start backing to the stairs.

A minute later, he swims up to his (dad?) and PROUDLY informs him he peed in the pool, and he gets a laugh and positive reinforcement for his "naughty deed."

I retreat to the hot tub in disgust. Along with another adult who apparently heard it also.

I start thinking about what's sure to be next.. and rehearsing in my mind... and sure enough, 15 minutes later, that 5 year old climbs out of the pool and starts charging toward the hot tub with (grandpa?) behind him.

"HOLD UP THERE" I say loud enough to get his attention and pointing to him. "I HEARD YOU SAY YOU PEED IN THE POOL. THERE IS NO PEEING IN THIS POOL. IT IS NOT ALLOWED." I am referring to the hot tub of course.

Grandpa catches up. "Is that true?" he asks the kid. Kid shakes head. I add "I heard you say it THREE TIMES." The other adult kicks in - "I heard it too" she says. I am glad she backs me up, because I was expecting a fight.

Kid starts crying. Grandpa says "I am sure it's a mistake" and they both walk back to their table and chairs. A few minutes later, to his credit, he comes back and apologizes for the 5 year old's behavior.

I hate to be the killjoy, but once I was at Boardwalk when they had to close the main pool for 24 hours covering prime time of two days because of a kid who was not potty trained. And frankly, I find peeing in the pool disgusting, even though it is probably not a sanitary danger.

Do families really condone this? Or would you have spoken up too?
I would have spoken up too! Other people need to remember that this is other peoples vacations too.

I did have some kids splash near me one day. I addressed the kids directly. I asked them nicely not to splash near me that it was going home day and I did not have time to redo my hair. They apologized for splashing and I spent the next 20 minutes with my new friends Most people are good about reminders.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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I think that you handled it well. If my son proudly said he peed in the pool, I wouldn't be very happy. WIth that said though....swim diapers don't actually hold pee, so there are lots of kids peeing in the pool!

Of course if there are hundreds of people peeing in the pool , they may need more chlorine etc, which can irratate etc....it's also the reason for showering before going in the pool.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:21 PM   #6
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By the end of the day that pool has more pee in it than water. Judging by how few people take a real shower before getting into the pool I would gues that whatever part of that pool isn't filled with pee is filled with sweat (used gatorade is a fair term for both elements).

That said, it's a behavioral issue. My favorite approach is to put on my best Foster Brooks impression and stagger up to the parent, then suggest to them that nobody would think it was cute if I peed in the pool so ... how about a little fair play here.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:41 PM   #7
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By the end of the day that pool has more pee in it than water. Judging by how few people take a real shower before getting into the pool I would gues that whatever part of that pool isn't filled with pee is filled with sweat (used gatorade is a fair term for both elements).

That said, it's a behavioral issue. My favorite approach is to put on my best Foster Brooks impression and stagger up to the parent, then suggest to them that nobody would think it was cute if I peed in the pool so ... how about a little fair play here.
This is why we all shower when we get out of the pool! LOL

OP, I think you handled it well. I wouldn't have been so quiet when I heard him proclaim it the first time.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:46 PM   #8
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Ya know I was one of the first to respond but I missed a biggie.

5 year olds should NOT be up and swimming at 10:30!!!

Even on vacation I always followed an age appropriate bed time. These clueless parents are just that... Clueless.
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We all have our views of what is right and what is wrong. And I am rather tired of people picking on people' s comments.

You might think it wrong to correct others people's kids but when I pull them over because of spending or seeing them take a leak on the side of the road which is illegal in the state of Virginia. And yes I am a police officer so if I have to make them squirm so be it. And you have the parents coming to cour saying my son or daughter would not take a leak on the side of street. This officer is just picking on my child. Duh I have you on camera smile !

Every one has the right to agree or disagree. Not be critized on their views.

Again my views. That it folks for me with this topic as it has gotten out of hand. MHO
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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There is LOTS of peeing in the pools. It is essentially a giant toilet. I mean think of all the buttcrack sweat that is in there!!! Some sterile urine is the least of my worries.
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There is LOTS of peeing in the pools. It is essentially a giant toilet. I mean think of all the buttcrack sweat that is in there!!! Some sterile urine is the least of my worries.
ITA! Maybe it was my years as a competitive swimmer, lifeguard and swim coach but urine in the pool is a non-issue to me. I swim in the ocean and that is the toilet for all sea creatures, so children peeing in the pool doesn't bother me.

Eta: I don't condone the behavior and my children use the restroom at the pool so I'm confident that don't use the pool as a toilet. I just wouldn't have said anything to the child or family.
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I think you handled it well. You didn't cause a scene when it first happened...it was done and nothing you could do about it...but you spoke up when there was a chance they could have done it AGAIN to protect not only your enjoyment but that of another guest too.

I'm sorry if the kids felt bad...but when you do something bad then you do need to be called out on it...especially when it affects other people. Shame on her parents for not addressing it when it first happened.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #13
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I really think you handled it perfectly....better than I would. :P
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:27 PM   #14
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You may want to avoid public pools if it is so disgusting to you because kids commonly pee in pools and even some adults do as well. I'm sure you never peed in a pool when you were young right? I don't agree with praising a child for doing so but I also don't believe in parenting other peoples children either. I think I would speak to a life guard to have rules enforced rather then speaking to a child or the grandfather who was not there at the time of the incident
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:34 PM   #15
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Not so much peeing, but it drives me CRAZY when people send their babies and toddlers into the pool with a regular diaper on. I bring a full pack of swim diapers every time I'm at a public pool or water park and give out at least 5. I've seen so many of those disgusting gel globs leak out of diapers, if I'm swimming and got one in my mouth I would toss my cookies.

Pee? Well, I'm just assuming half the pool is pee at any given time, but do we think our water is that free of it? Unlikely.
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