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Old 09-04-2013, 04:32 PM   #16
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I think you handled it fine. I would have probably said something similar, in a joking, nice sounding voice.

Unfortunately, not all people teach their children general manners in public. Yes, these types of people irritate me, but there is nothing I can do about it as it is not my business.

That kid admitted what he did but I bet the other 500 who swam in that same pool that day did not.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:40 PM   #17
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As someone who works with young children (and by that I mean with their parents) I give your response a 10. By congratulating the child for peeing in the pool, that parent just taught their child that not only is it okay to do something disgusting, but that it's also okay to do something that you know is wrong. By telling that child that it is not okay (and would having talking to the parent quietly as suggested by another poster have worked when you already saw the parent's response to the behavior?) you at least gave the child the correct response to urinating in a public pool.

As to the comments that you should avoid public pools if you don't like urine in the water...is that really the solution?? Maybe it would be better if we acted like responsible humans and taught our children to do the same.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #18
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While I think that we are all aware that kids and even some adults do pee in the pools we don't usually think about it as we are swimming on a hot day. To have it announced out loud that the kid is peeing right now, beside me in the water would gross me out big time. Mentally, there is a difference, at least for me so I totally understand and sympathize with you op. That being said, since the kid had already peed in the pool he was probably a safe bet for the hot tub (even though he should not have been there).

When you say he shook his head when confronted by you, do you mean he lied? If so, he had only himself to blame for crying because he got caught.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #19
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Hi OP,

Bravo to you for handling the way you did. I absolutely would have done the same thing. In addition to this I would have went and told the front desk also.

I am sorry but parents need to watch their children in a public place.

FYI I do have a child and I would expect anybody at any time to come to me and tell me if my child misbehaved in an inappropriate way. My child would be reprimanded for their behavior.

Have a great day!
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #20
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Also, urine isn't sterile. It's sterile in the bladder, but once it passes thru the urethra, it's contaminated. That's why we use a catheter to get a sterile specimen & other sanitary practices to get a clean catch urine.
I love Disney.. That being said, sometimes you see the best & worst of parenting (or lack thereof)
I think it was good to speak up. I would've just gotten out of the jacuzzi & have been annoyed..
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:27 PM   #21
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Hi OP,

Bravo to you for handling the way you did. I absolutely would have done the same thing. In addition to this I would have went and told the front desk also.

I am sorry but parents need to watch their children in a public place.

FYI I do have a child and I would expect anybody at any time to come to me and tell me if my child misbehaved in an inappropriate way. My child would be reprimanded for their behavior.

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I agree - I would expect anyone at any time to come to me and tell me if my child misbehaved or acted in an inappropriate way.

What I wouldn't expect and wouldn't accept without comment would be someone, other than a lifeguard or similar, castigating my child. While I certainly would have dealt with the situation with my child, the OP would have gotten an earful from me in this situation.
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:51 PM   #22
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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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Old 09-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #23
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Pools don't get closed for 24 hours because of non potty trained children. You pretty much clean and shock it.
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Pools don't get closed for 24 hours because of non potty trained children. You pretty much clean and shock it.
You're right-they don't get closed for urine, but I've been to our local YMCA many times to swim & it gets closed because of kids pooping in the pool-Fun!
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #25
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You're right-they don't get closed for urine, but I've been to our local YMCA many times to swim & it gets closed because of kids pooping in the pool-Fun!
They close it to clean. The op said the pool was closed for 24 hours.

My son is a current y lifeguard.
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They close it to clean. The op said the pool was closed for 24 hours.

My son is a current y lifeguard.
The OP didn't say it was closed for 24 hours this time, she said that happened previously when a child wasn't potty trained, which doesn't necessarily mean just urine.

My daughter is a lifeguard at a community pool, and they don't close and clean for urine.
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The OP didn't say it was closed for 24 hours this time, she said that happened previously when a child wasn't potty trained, which doesn't necessarily mean just urine.

My daughter is a lifeguard at a community pool, and they don't close and clean for urine.
I realise that.

Kid poops in pool scoop, sanitize and shock. Short closure for the process. Lol it isn't like caddyshack

Diarhea which might or might not occur to lack of potty retraining. A bit more involved.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:36 PM   #28
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Thanks for all the comments!

To answer the questions -

- Yes, the child was in the pool when he peed
- I judged that talking to the parents would not take care of it since the father condoned it
- the child was again barreling at us and was about to jump in again and I judged I had to stop him in his tracks - I was careful not to criticize overtly, but to repeat what I heard him say and to make it clear that was not allowed in the hot tub while we were there
- No lifeguard on duty
- No reason to go talk to the front desk... it was after 10:30pm by now.. and not looking to make an even bigger scene out of it
- The child lied by shaking his head when I said "I heard you say you peed in the pool - did you do that?" So I was ready with the second point that I heard him say it 3 times - at that point, I should add that I was looking at Grandpa
- I was glad Grandpa did not see it as acceptable
- yes the BW pool was closed to sanitize it for 24 hrs for poop not urine

And I want to add a somewhat amazing followup - the next day I figured out that the family were guests of the Yacht Club, not the Beach Club... go pee in your own pool! (LOL)
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5 year olds peeing in pools should be the least of your concerns. I would estimate that (unscientifically of course) 75% of people pee in the pool. I would be more concerned about poop and blood. I was at a Six Flags water park wave pool and saw a woman tending to her child's nosebleed. To their credit, about 5 seconds after I noticed it, the lifeguard closed the wave pool. Pee is sterile and while it does seem gross it's not worth worrying about in my humble opinion.
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I agree - I would expect anyone at any time to come to me and tell me if my child misbehaved or acted in an inappropriate way.

What I wouldn't expect and wouldn't accept without comment would be someone, other than a lifeguard or similar, castigating my child. While I certainly would have dealt with the situation with my child, the OP would have gotten an earful from me in this situation.
No offense...but where do you draw the line on this?

OP didn't yell at the child when it happened...just left the pool. It was only when the child went to the area where they were AFTER that that the comment was made that there was no peeing in THIS pool (hot tub) and that it was not allowed. No screaming or yelling...just stating a fact.

I see kids all the time where I work vandalizing store property. Writing on merchandise with markers, opening packages, damaging merchandise, deliberately breaking things, etc. I cannot say anything to them because of parents who would "lose it" if I DARED to tell their child what they can and cannot do. That is horrible and it makes me sick.

Furthermore...I have a medical condition that makes it very painful to be bumped or jostled. Last time at Disney I was sitting to watch the fireworks in my walker. A family came and sat behind us for the show. Their son continued to KICK my walker constantly, even after I asked him to please stop (no yelling or making a scene...just asking). This caused an incredible amount of pain that I couldn't wish on anyone...it was a very slow, painful walk back to the bus. I understand the risks going into the park...but for the parents to do NOTHING about this except give ME dirty looks...that is just bad parenting. I see it all the time and while I cannot blame kids for being kids...I can blame parents for not showing better parenting skills especially when it is at the expense of others. I'm sorry if that makes your kid "sad" or makes them feel guilty when they do something wrong...oh wait...no I'm not. If a child misbehaves they should feel guilty...especially when it causes discomfort to someone else.

If you do not teach your kids to be respectful of others...they're just going to grow up to be jerks. And if you personally feel offended because someone steps in and calls your kids on their BS...doing YOUR job...then I really don't care. As long as the person is not aggressive with your child, scares them, yells at them, etc...then what is the problem? Why does it matter if it was a CM, lifeguard, or another guest? I know where I work that I CAN'T say stuff like this to kids or their parents...I love it when other customers do though.
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