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Thursday, June 30, 2011
8:31 AM | | Edit Post
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!
- I'm a 41 year old (gasp) freelance writer, school cafeteria manager, wife and mother. I have three children and one anxious and overweight beagle. I use my blog to make others laugh, to share some cool crafts, to document my lunchlady adventures and to lament about the challenges faced by us all on the journey called life. Thanks for visiting. Please leave some crack...um...I meant some comments.