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“Hold it in” at Murrumbateman

By PickedANickname 14 July 2008 53

I am writing about a public safety issue.

On Friday July 11, my husband, my child and I were on a trip from visiting Tumut and returning to Canberra.   On the way home at about 6:30pm, my husband purchased fuel and snacks (value of about $80) from the Caltex located on the Barton Highway at Murrumbateman.

My husband then took my 3 year old son to use the toilet at this service station. The attendant said “Read the sign mate!”  when hubby asked to use the toilets.

The sign said to go to the public toilet across the street.

It was dark, the Barton Highway was very very busy on a Friday night and this person was directing people to cross because he refused to allow paying customers to use the toilets.

The toilets were in a public park, with scant lighting and over a bridge.

My husband came back to the car very upset.  I thought he had taken awhile and I was getting worried. Hubby told me about having to cross the road and how far the public toliet was. 

Neither of us is very familiar with Murrumbateman and wouldn’t have known about the toliet being that far away from the service station in a park. I personally would not have crossed that road and my husband would never do it again.

Being totally in Mamma Bear mode, I went and told the attendant that he needed to recognise how dangerous it is to send a person with a 3 year old child across that road at night.(BTW I didn’t scream or anything, I was just very to the point and assertive) The attendant said I should blame the Murrumbateman Council because if he let people use his toilets the “sewage would flow down the street”. The attendant agreed however that my complaint, about sending a man carrying a 3 year old child across the Barton Highway was dangerous, was “fair enough”.

I certainly think this is a public safety issue.  The if the owner of the Caltex is not going to let patrons use his toilet should not just tell people to go across the Barton Highway at night!  Someone is going to get hit by a car!

I think guy should be more clear about what he expects paying customers to do if they need the loo. Not just be a jerk, putting up some crap sign and then growling at people with little kids needing to use the toliets..especially at night.

So hold it in if you have to go passing through Murrumbateman.

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lux 1:30 pm 15 Jul 08

PickedANickname said :

Oh and my boy won’t be wiping bums in a nursing home. And I think I give enough to the tax system to offset adding to population.

Oh so now you’re planning his future career?

It’s people like you, who think that caring/nursing is a degrading job, that is the reason our health system is suffering through lack of qualified, give-a-shit staff. Change your mindset, try to teach your child that caring for someone who needs it is a noble calling, and God help you if you ever need care.

And p.s., it’s been said before, but stop your bitching and toughen up.

Blamemonkey 10:50 am 15 Jul 08

astrojax said :

I have said it before and I will say it again THE STREET IS FIFTY Ks!
right, and have you gone and told the traffic that? at night? it isn’t helping the discussion…

This isn’t a discussion it is a whinge because someone can’t navigate a rural street.

peterh said :

if it is fifty k’s, why don’t the council put in a pedestrian crossing so that you can walk across with a squirming child without having to worry?

then again, pedestrian crossings = easy targets for idiots….

there is a new pedestrian island.

peterh 10:35 am 15 Jul 08

if it is fifty k’s, why don’t the council put in a pedestrian crossing so that you can walk across with a squirming child without having to worry?

then again, pedestrian crossings = easy targets for idiots….

circusmind 12:57 am 15 Jul 08

It must have been hard darting across the road to the dunnies, what with that massive sense of entitlement weighing you down.

ant 10:46 pm 14 Jul 08

AstralPlane said :

Ahhh, wideboyjake, I wonder who will be wiping your bottom in the nursing home? Hopefully not someone you’ve wasted taxes on raising as an educated, well adjusted, competent and caring individual. That would just be a drain on our resources.

Awww. You had kids, just to wipe our bottoms in the nursing home? You shouldn’t have. But thanks, just the same. I see our taxes didn’t go to waste after all. I thought they were all meant to be lawyers or something.

ant 10:38 pm 14 Jul 08

Blamemonkey said :

Did your husband have huge problems crossing the road with the 50 kilometre speed limit?

Or do just feel inconvenienced?

They had a chiiiiiild! They’re entitled! Oh, just feel the entitlement.

bd84 9:42 pm 14 Jul 08

Felix the Cat said :

Not the attendant’s fault that the loo was out of order. You were probably only the 20th customer that hour to ask to use the loo. Going on the comment by the attendant the Murrumbateman Council might be a better place bring up your greivances with, tell them about the poor lighting and lack of signage while you’re at it.

Exactly, and dealing with 100s of idiots who can’t read a simple sign who then get angry because they still can’t read and feel that they are too inconvenienced to walk across the road to the toilets probably isn’t the most fun job. If you’re driving in the dark, you have to walk places in the dark, including across roads to the toilets, if you don’t want to do that drive in the daytime. Anyway petrol stations aren’t required to have toliets only the large 24hrs ones normally do, the majority don’t.

Felix the Cat 9:23 pm 14 Jul 08

Not the attendant’s fault that the loo was out of order. You were probably only the 20th customer that hour to ask to use the loo. Going on the comment by the attendant the Murrumbateman Council might be a better place bring up your greivances with, tell them about the poor lighting and lack of signage while you’re at it.

astrojax 8:58 pm 14 Jul 08

I have said it before and I will say it again THE STREET IS FIFTY Ks!

right, and have you gone and told the traffic that? at night? it isn’t helping the discussion…

Someone_else 8:49 pm 14 Jul 08

Deadmandrinking said :

I would have simply let the kid go on the servo floor. Let the attendant clean it up. Just shrug and say, “Kids, you know.”

Classy. If those are the kind of values you are instilling in your child, it won’t be long before he’s cleaning piss and sh1t off servo floors.

I-filed 7:12 pm 14 Jul 08

“Haha, I love situations like that. From memory the Ottoman has a similar set up. Or maybe it’s just walking through the entry with the dodgy cafe on the right I am remembering. That’s a quality look for a nice Saturday evening out!”

It can wreck your appetite. One Asian establishment in Civic has its kitchen across a dingy corridor from the restaurant and it’s filthy – you walk past tubs of soaking stuff in the hallway on your way to the toot. Then you don’t wanna eat when you get back to your table …

Vic Bitterman 7:00 pm 14 Jul 08

Have you ever seen the servo/shop in Bredbo…. out the front of it is always an A-frame sign saying in huge letters “NO TOILETS”.

Talk about en(dis?)couraging patronage to one’s establishment 🙂

Thumper 6:34 pm 14 Jul 08

Samey same Danman,

Morocco in summer. You really don’t want to know about the public toilets…

Then again, you have no choice but to use them and after eating lots of tangines and cus cus from the markets, you need them 😉

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