Beware the Bathroom of Doom

Photo of a collapsed restroom stall.Step 1. Shop at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Step 2. Nature calls. Take your 2-year-old to the restroom.

Step 3. Child-in-hand, have the bathroom stall crash down on you, trapping you in the wreckage. Suffer chronic pain that changes your whole life, rack up medical bills and be victimized a second time over the next two years as the corporate chain with its Perilous Potty doesn’t resolve things, leading you to sue its uncaring ass.

That’s my interpretation of events, anyhow, in Jennifer’s account (that Jennifer, of Z Recommends) of her experience in How Toys ‘R’ Use can change your life. It’s worth a read, if only for the nightmares it will engender. And for the record, no, Jennifer wasn’t using a baby hanger.

Hey, so… a $25 poop-in-your-car travel potty doesn’t look so bad now, does it?

If you have your own blog or participate in a parenting web forum or e-mail list, wouldn’t it be interesting if you shared your thoughts on this matter? Something tells me Toys R Us would have been better off making things right instead of fighting a mom in court.

And, oh yeah, I apologize to my regular Thinga-readers. “Bathroom of Doom” and “Perilous Potty” were the best I could think up. Can you do better?

Update: Oh man, the Consumerist wrote “the awesome striking power of the Action Toilet Stall with Collapsible Mom Trap!” See, that’s why we’re small peanuts. No creativity!


3 Responses to “Beware the Bathroom of Doom”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Monster Toddler Throws Tantrum…How You Could Be Her Next Victim. More at 11…

    March 9th, 2009 at 7:27 am

  2. AJ says:

    Ahh, I see, a title based only on the photo.

    To be clear, I’m not intending to diminish the seriousness of Jennifer’s pain. I’d much rather that Toys R Us pay the medical bills and come to a reasonable settlement for the pain, suffering and impact this has had on her family’s life. Oh, and that the company regularly inspect the safety of its facilities. I can’t imagine a scenario (tantrum included) that would make a customer responsible for this incident. Toys R Us should grow up and hold itself accountable instead of victimizing Jennifer a second time by going to court.

    Also, if Toys ‘R’ Us would like to post a response/rebuttal, I’m more than happy to provide the space.

    Anyhow, my Bathroom of Doom and Perilous Potty references are more an editorial jab at Toys ‘R’ Us than anything else. I suppose I should have thought up a jab that included an ‘R’ in its name. Anyone? Anyone?

    March 9th, 2009 at 7:52 am

  3. Stephanie says:

    After reading her full story, I can’t believe Toys R Us hasn’t settled yet. I think the photo says it all. To have that land on you and your toddler, in a TOY store is pretty unforgiveable.

    March 9th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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