There are few things in life that really upset me, the Kroger Grocery Store bathroom is one of them.
If you’ve been reading my blog for these past (nearly) two years you’ll notice that I rarely complain about anything. It’s just not my style. I also feel that, despite being a single mom, I have it pretty damn good.
But this is something I couldn’t let slide.
Benjamin is potty training.
His bowel movements now control my every waking moment especially when we are out and away from the comfort of our own potty. Outside of my short time in Texas and my post-separation year at Mom’s, I have been living in Grandview, a small and deliciously sweet oasis in Columbus since graduating college.
Over the course of the past 8 years I have always shopped at the two local grocery stores – one being the Kroger on Chambers. I couldn’t begin to guess how much money I’ve actually spent there but I’m sure it’s over $10,000. And in all of that time I’ve never had to use their restroom.
That all ended a few weeks ago when Benjamin shouted, “I gotta pee Mommy!!!! I got TO PEE!”.
I dropped our cart, grabbed the kid and made a mad dash for the bathrooms. I was expecting your typical grocery restroom, slightly neglected perhaps and possessing that hard to place grocery store bathroom odor. But I was not expecting this.
This is absolutely disgusting.
As soon as the door swung open I let out a scream and then a, “gross!” Benjamin repeated me, “gross, Mommy!” I had my camera with me and being a former reporter, now blogger and a very, very, very angry mommy I took pictures.
Between these photos Benjamin actually had to use this bathroom. You can see stuff in the bowl there and on the floor in the corners, I don’t need to go into detail. But also the toilet paper and the waste can.
There’s also a sign telling employees to wash their hands. So the employees use this restroom? So sad and also disgusting that they actually then go out and touch our food. If this is what their public restroom looks like imagine what the employees restroom must look like.
I am sure the Kroger Corporation will be quite upset with me for publishing these photos but that is not my problem.
This is their problem. Making moms actually watch their little ones pee on this toilet, resting their hands on the seat – that is their problem.
I have a challenge for you – because I have a bit of a rebellious spirit, if you hadn’t noticed, take a picture of your local grocery store bathroom and post it on your own blog or to your Twitter account (use your cell phone to take pictures).
I will link to the results from this post so we can start a nice little collection and hold these grocery stores accountable. And, really, how hard is it to clean a damn bathroom?
We do it every day.