EMPATHY — AT LEAST A LITTLE — FOR THE POOP-FLINGER
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.
The woman who dropped her pants in a B.C. Tim Hortons had reportedly been told she could not use the washroom there.