Christopher Adams didn’t feel comfortable allowing his 5 year old daughter to go alone into the ladies room’s in Walmart so thought it would be alright to take her with him into the men’s which he had done many times before. This time however he found himself under attack when another man criticized him for doing so.
He claimed that his daughter as well as his 7 year old son both needed the toilet when they were visiting the store to buy blinds and storage bins on Sunday. He decided it would be easiest to take them both in the men’s with him.
“This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams recalled Tuesday. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the ‘F-bomb,’ and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”
Adams said the man told him it was “inappropriate,” and soon began to push him after Adams gave him a terse response.
The father said he tried to usher his kids away from the man.
“When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched right here,” Adams said, pointing to his left eye, which still was bruised.
From there, Adams said he was punched in the face and kicked in the knee multiple times during the struggle in which the dad ultimately defended himself, forcing the man out of the restroom.
“I just slammed him on the ground and just held him until associates from Walmart could get there,” Adams said.
Clinton Police Lt. Shawn Stoker said the man was cited at the scene for disorderly conduct, and the city attorney was screening a potential assault charge.
Police initially declined to name the man.
Stoker acknowledged Adams did what many parents would do to protect their children in public places.
“This is a situation where a father felt the most reasonable and safe thing for him to do is to take his children inside the restroom with him, and the customer took exception to that,” Stoker said.
Stoker said better ways for people to address their concerns about what they see in public restrooms include notifying store employees or even calling police.
Adams, who said he still was experiencing intense pain in his knee and may have possibly suffered broken cartilage around his ribs, maintained he didn’t want to leave his 5-year-old daughter by herself or have her go into another restroom alone.
“I just think it’s ridiculous,” he said of the man’s outburst. “Not necessarily his intention — but the way he handled the situation was completely wrong.”