An Oklahoma toddler who was potty training thought he was doing the right thing when he pulled down his pants in his front yard. But Dillan's well-intentioned act may cost his mom thousands of dollars, after it earned her an expensive public urination ticket from a passing Piedmont police officer.
Despite the objections of Dillan's mother, Ashley Warden, and grandmother Jennifer Warden, who actually owns the house, the officer wrote the family a massive $2,500 ticket, News 9 reports.
"I said really, he is three years old, and he said it doesn't matter. It is public urination. I said we are on our property and he said it's in public view," Jennifer Warden told the station.
The family plans on fighting the ticket, since the police officer stopped Dillan before he could finish peeing. A court appearance is set for December. "For $2,500 we all should be able to pee all over our whole yard," Warden said.
In September, a Philadelphia mom was similarly outraged when her 2-year-old son Nathaniel peed on a traffic light poleand was hit with a $50 ticket.
“It’s not about the $50,” Nathaniel's mom, Caroline Robboy, told NBC10. “I want a place that feels friendly to me where my children feel safe and have positive experiences with police officers.”
Parents quickly rallied to Robboy's defense.
"I wouldn't encourage my son to [pee in public] except in an emergency, but there were plenty of times that we had no other choice than to go in a corner of a parking garage or at a park," CafeMom blogger Julie Ryan Evans wrote. "It happens."
Parents were less supportive, however, of a mother who allowed her two small children to use a portable potty in the middle of a Utah restaurant.
The incident, which was caught on camera, outraged many parents who felt the mother was setting a bad example. "Children are not animals - they are small versions of you!" one commenter wrote.