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Thursday, June 30, 2011

What Would You Do? I'd probably punch John Quinones in the face!


Have you ever seen this show?  It's called What Would You Do? and it basically puts people in awkward situations and secretly videotapes them to see what you would do. 

For example, I have seen episodes where a little boy is begging his dad for a Barbie and he is having a nervous breakdown about it.  I have seen episodes where an asshole slips something into his dates drink while she is in the bathroom and the cameras patiently wait to see if anyone will tell her.  I have seen the episode where they make it appear that there is a tiny infant locked in a hot car.

Quite frankly, this show is disturbing on many levels and yesterday I was convinced that I was on an episode.

I can't be sure if I am happy or disappointed that I wasn't.

Here is the scenario...

I am at a public pool with my kiddos.  My kiddos are swimming and I am relaxing in my beach chair, sharing a quiet moment with some friends.

Enter young mother with two children.  One child is around 3 and the other is a tiny baby, no more than 6 months old.  Young mother walks down to the pool edge directly in front of us and lifts her toddler into the water.  Then she get out one of these, which may or may not have been recently recalled.


She puts her baby in the float AND LAYS DOWN ON HER TOWEL NEXT TO THE POOL AND STARTS TEXTING ON HER PHONE.

Are you kidding me?

You aren't going to get in the water?

You are just gonna let your baby, who is now leaning precariously to one side just float around in the public pool? 

I am about to fight her when it dawns on me that she is a beautiful, 20-something, multi-pierced Latino who could easily kick my ass.  I do what any reasonable out of shape, approaching 40 year-old person would do.  I told the lifeguard on her.

He seems equally aghast, along with multiple people along the pool side.  Two older women directly behind us, had their hands over their mouths.  One gentleman near us was standing ready to act, if needed, once that baby flipped the raft.

The sweet lifeguard walked over and told her that she MUST be in the water with her children and that she can't be more than an arms length from her infant. 

When her paramour arrived I was sitting on the edge of the pool and overheard this conversation.

"That lifeguard is such a dickhead.  He told me I needed to be in the water WITH the baby.  I mean, I was sitting right there the entire time.  She's in a G**DAMN float.  What does he think is gonna happen?"

He thinks she's gonna drown and you should too!


6 random thoughts:

Becca said...

Oh my goodness gracious! I would have been a nervous wreck right along with you! I don't understand some people!

David Allen Waters said...

I always feel like I've been rubbed down with sand paper after watching this show....

Amanda said...

The problem is, even if you'd force every parent to take parenting classes before they have kids, there would still be people who'd do things like that.

Kristie Maynard said...

I would have been appaled too. When Jaryd was little, maybe a year or so old, we were in my brother pool. they had a similar kind of float device which we had put him into. We were no more than a couple feet from him and he suddenly reached over the side of it and flipped upside down. Of course we were right there an flipped him back up right away, but if we had been lazing by the side of the pool, texting he could have easily drowned.
I don't get some people, they think objects are good enough to babysit while they do whatever they want.
Some people should not be allowed to have children.
Sounds like there were enough people around to rescue that child if something had happened, but then of course she would have said Oh what's the problem, someone saved him! Don't ya just wonder what some people are thinking?

septembermom said...

That's a scary mama. Geez, talk about being negligent!! I cracked up when you said she could probably kick your butt! LOL.

I'm always amazed when I see mothers who are way too relaxed around their little ones in the pool.

Jenners said...

That is horrible!!!! I can't believe she thought that was OK. I fear for this child ... who knows what else she thinks is OK to do. I think you did the exact right thing.

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