By HELEN MCNEILL
You’re at the Art Gallery of NSW on a Sunday afternoon.
You’re waiting in the queue for a free cubicle in the Ladies when in bustles a lady – in a state of some urgency – brandishing a two-year-old child.
She charges to a hand basin, removes the girls knickers and then instructs her to relieve herself into the hand basin.
How do you respond, if at all?
It was my friend who broke the shocked silence when she exclaimed, “Well, I’ve never seen that before,” managing to beautifully convey her sense of shock in a typically non-confrontational manner.
I concurred, raised an eyebrow and as the keen observer that I so often am, scanned the room to gauge other reactions.
My fellow ‘queuers’ were fairly evenly split in terms of agreeing or disagreeing with her actions it seemed. For my two-penneth, given she hadn’t attempted to queue I think she should perhaps have asked her child to hold tight and then requested that she jump the queue.