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.