19 June, 2011
Chelsea Waterside Park in NYC
I was extremely upset by this because my daughter Sydney and hundreds of other little kids splash and play in the this area all the time, and the way the park is set up all the water eventually flows together at the opposite end of the park, which is often turned into a kiddie pool when it gets really hot. When I asked the nanny to please not allow her boy to pee in the park, especially directly in the heavily used water play area, and to take him to the nearby Chelsea Piers bathroom or port-a-potty instead, she was extremely rude and responded, "It's not like we do this all the time, just every once in a while." When I explained that a lot of little kids played in the area and might ingest some of the water by mistake, she feigned ignorance and said, "Oh really? Kids drink this water?" Which was really beside the point.
I usually try to mind my own business, but the idea that a professional caregiver doesn't care that she's spreading urine all around a public water park is just not acceptable to me. I snapped a picture of this nanny in case anyone knows the family she works for and can please mention this incident to them, especially given that it's apparently been going on for a while. Also, outside of helping her boy pee in the middle of a public playground, she completely ignored him and her brother (around 18-24 months old, asleep in a grey double McClaren stroller) and pecked away on her iPhone the entire time. At one point the older boy was dangling by one arm from the climbing apparatus, apparently stuck, and she didn't even notice. I believe she's Filipina, and her two little boys were both light brunettes wearing shorts.
at 4:06 PM