BIG OPIN­IONS

EM­PA­THY — AT LEAST A LIT­TLE — FOR THE POOP-FLINGER

StarMetro Calgary - - BIG OPINIONS - Ed­ward Keenan

It’s one of those things that gen­er­ally goes with­out say­ing: there’s never a sit­u­a­tion where it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to drop your pants in pub­lic, take a dump on the floor and then pick your fe­ces up and throw it at other peo­ple.

No mat­ter where we are on the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum, how­ever we may dis­agree about whether you should make your guests re­move their shoes in your house, no mat­ter whether we hear “Lau­rel” or “Yanni,” we’re all pretty much on the same side of the poop-fling­ing is­sue.

And so, when a se­cu­rity video went vi­ral on Thurs­day, shot in a Bri­tish Columbia Tim Hor­tons, showing an en­raged wo­man do­ing her busi­ness on the floor in front of the or­der counter and then fling­ing the re­sult­ing mess at a staff mem­ber, ev­ery­one pretty much re­acted the same. Shocked. Grossed out. Sort of dis­be­liev­ing.

(Us too. The Star has de­cided not to em­bed the video on our web­site or link to it — Google is easy to use if you

DO NOT POOP ON THE FLOOR. NO MAT­TER WHERE YOU POOP, DON’T FLING IT AT PEO­PLE. PLEASE.

need to see it to be­lieve it.)

I’m no con­trar­ian on this. Do not poop on the floor. No mat­ter where you poop, don’t fling it at peo­ple. Please.

Yet, read­ing a re­port that the events lead­ing up to the video footage be­gan when, ac­cord­ing to Newsweek, the wo­man was told she could not use the pub­lic wash­room, a fur­ther emo­tion does oc­cur. Not sym­pa­thy, ex­actly, and cer­tainly not jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. But a tiny bit of em­pa­thy for the un­der­ly­ing frus­tra­tion that might have led this par­tic­u­lar per­son into an in­ex­cus­able melt­down.

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The wo­man who dropped her pants in a B.C. Tim Hor­tons had re­port­edly been told she could not use the wash­room there.

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