Jump to content

Ferals at the park

  • Please log in to reply
34 replies to this topic

#1 Copacetic

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

We're on holidays in Victoria, staying out in the Yarra Valley with the in laws. It's beautiful.

Take the kids down to the park this afternoon. There were a few people there, including a bunch of hippies (no problems with hippies. Just using a word to describe the people we were sharing the park with).  It was a gorgeous day today. Iz climbs up on the swing and I go behind it to give her a push and there's this stench. I think hmmm. That smells a lot like human poo. Can't be possible because there's a toilet over there. I look around, can't see any dog crap, but in the corner there is a mound of dirt, that looked like it had just been out there. Direct Iz away from the stink and then just get on with it.

This little girl comes I over. Probably around 2 or 3 years old. Quick chat and then she yells 'Ma I need to wee. Mum (one of the hippies) calls her over to near where the mound is, takes off her undies and gets the kid to squat.

Now I'm cool - sometimes you can't always find a loo. But there's one RIGHT THERE. I had a look - perfectly clean. So I'm guessing that the area near the fence is where all the kids had been crapping all afternoon.

I mean really. I'm all for an alternative lifestyle. But I just cannot understand the issue with a child using the toilet!!

ETA:  non-issue but meant to put this in venting not WDYT. And haven't checked typos. Husband won't ask for wifi password so using phone. And suspect I will pay dearly for it. See later vent titles either 'Telstra' or 'stupid husband'

Edited by Copacetic, 18 December 2012 - 08:30 PM.

#2 EBeditor

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

Free range parenting wink.gif

#3 bubbalee

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

That is just foul sad.gif

I live in the Yarra Valley, please tell me which suburb this was as I am planning a trip to the park with the kids tomorrow

#4 B-B-M

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:33 PM


#5 tibs

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

That is just rank.

#6 beakie

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

Have to agree that's high on the feral-meter. Ick  sick.gif

#7 Marchioness Flea

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

That's beyond feral.

#8 Jjbeanz

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

Oh that's just disgusting!

#9 BadCat

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Here I was about to defend the "ferals" against an over-zealous clean freak and... well they turn out to be actual ferals.  Bugger.  laughing2.gif

That's really rank.

Edited by BadCat, 18 December 2012 - 08:42 PM.

#10 Copacetic

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

I should add I didn't actually see anyone crap. Just wee. But logic being logic says what I did see, plus the stench equals kids crapping in a park.

#11 Frockme

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

Don't care where you were, that's F'ing Feral!

#12 Space Ninja Jetson

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

Hmm. I think I may need to re-evaluate my lax stance on children always wearing shoes.

#13 Niamh23

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

That's a fricking biohazard. The parents should be fined.

#14 Copacetic

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

Here I was about to defend the "ferals" against an over-zealous clean freak and... well they turn out to be actual ferals. Bugger.   That's really rank.

Far from a clean freak. If it was just wee, I'd go "meh" it happens and move on. But you know. sh*t is sh*t. Wherever age the body it comes out of is.

#15 bluetea

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

sick.gif  gross

#16 duckduckduck

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

Yeah, that's not cool at all.

Similar story. Was at a cafe a few months back and the guy at the table next to ours wiped his toddler's green booger-filled nose on the linen tablecloth. Wasn't even trying to be covert, just did it like it was nothing out of the ordinary.  sick.gif

#17 wildflowers

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

That is gross.   I was horrified when I left a restaurant with my friend and her little boy wanted to wee so she told him to wee just outside the restaurant when they could have gone back inside to use the toilet.

#18 BadCat

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

QUOTE (Copacetic @ 18/12/2012, 09:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Far from a clean freak. If it was just wee, I'd go "meh" it happens and move on. But you know. sh*t is sh*t. Wherever age the body it comes out of is.

Yeah I agree.

I just thought it might be one of those threads where the ferals turn out to be perfectly normal people who let their kid touch the grass without latex gloves or something.   laughing2.gif

#19 Feral_Pooks

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

Ah, I remember those poo mound hippy days.

But that was coz there was no toilet.

These people are feral.

#20 ~chiquita~

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

That's feral alright! sick.gif

Similar story. Was at a cafe a few months back  and the guy at the table next to ours wiped his toddler's green  booger-filled nose on the linen tablecloth. Wasn't even trying to be  covert, just did it like it was nothing out of the ordinary.

What? No napkins or serviettes handy? nno2.gif

#21 Freddie'sMum

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:06 PM


#22 MintyBiscuit

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

QUOTE (Pooks_ @ 18/12/2012, 09:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
poo mound hippy days.

Sounds like a great name for a band.

#23 ~Mintie~

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:07 PM


#24 Boys Rock

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:08 PM

That is honestly one of the most gross things I have ever heard of!!   ohmy.gif

#25 Feral_Pooks

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

QUOTE (HollyOllyOxenfree @ 18/12/2012, 10:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sounds like a great name for a band.

I could write a song about it, but for some inexplicable reason I don't remember an awful lot...

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.


Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.


What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.


Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.