Blockbuster Inc. Complaint - Bad business-discrimination - 7 year girl being denied use of the bathroom
7 year girl being denied use of the bathroom - Complaint
PATHOGUE, NEW YORK -- To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to express concerns of a recent incident that occurred at Blockbuster in Patchogue NY, on 11/05/2010 at 10:30 P.M. The treatment we received has left us greatly disappointed.
On the above mentioned date my husband and I took our 7 year old daughter to Blockbuster to rent movies as part of our normal weekend routine. Unfortunately we had spent some time reviewing the new releases when our daughter requested that she badly needed to use the lavatory. We asked our daughter to wait s little until we can speak with someone who can help us. We were also faced with the fact that we do live several miles away from Blockbuster and we would not possibly make it home in time for her to use the bathroom. As we were almost nearing the time to purchase our order, my husband decided to ask one of the employees if our daughter would be able to use their bathroom. But without any hesitation, the employee named Phil quickly responded that they do not have a bathroom on the premise. With that information being conveyed, our daughter felt that she didn't have a choice but to wait. However she remained in tremendous discomfort.
As a few more minutes passed, we could not wait any longer. Our daughter began crying hysterically as she expressed that she was experiencing a great deal of pain. We then dropped our movies on the counter and quickly left. All the way home we tried comforting her but nevertheless, she ended up defecating on herself which happens to be several miles away from home.
My husband and I could not believe that Blockbuster, a business open to the public does not have a bathroom for customers' use. This is also with thought that many people including ourselves spend a descent amount of time with their children shopping for movies at Blockbuster.
This is certainly not good business practice and quite frankly, a matter of discrimination. We strongly concluded that to deprive a seven year old little girl the use of a bathroom, is clearly unethical and discriminatory.
Our belief was later supported when we spoke to the manager Brian and he informed us that they do have a bathroom, but only for private use. So what happens here when a child needs to use the bathroom? Are they suggesting that they should hold it and go elsewhere?