“There’s a dirty old man in the parents’ room,” a woman told her friend after taking her son to the toilet in the parent’s room of Mackay’s Caneland Central shopping centre on Sunday.
That “dirty old man” was Damien Leeson, father to a seven-week-old baby. He’d gone into the parent’s room to feed his newborn daughter where he was abused by the woman who told Leeson it was “disgusting to see a full grown man in a parents’ room with a little girl”.
It didn’t stop there.
She called him a “dirty old (expletive)”. Then, upon exiting the change-room, told her waiting girlfriend Leeson was a “dirty old man”. The friend replied saying “that’s f**ked up’.”
Leeson was upset and shocked by the exchange.
“I’m quite a hands-on dad, dirty nappies, feeding, anything I can do,” he told the Daily Mercury. “My wife was there too and we just looked at each other in shock. I was doing the right thing.”