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(THE SUN) – A woman letting her toddler use a potty in the aisle of a plane in front of shocked passengers has sparked a fierce debate about its rights and wrongs.
The unidentified mother was pictured crouching down as her child uses the potty just feet away from other passengers.
The photograph was posted on the passengershaming Instagram account, dedicated to the gross behavior of travelers.
After being spotted by cabin crew and asked to use the vacant toilet the woman reportedly replied: “I don’t give a s–t.”
Passengershaming said “obviously not shaming or identifying the child. But this literal s–t is happening out there, folks.”
The picture has now been seen thousands of times and aroused a fierce criticism from some though others have expressed sympathy.
“Disgusting” and “so unsanitary” were some of the comments with one user comparing it to “having your child go to the bathroom in the middle of a restaurant.”
Another user said the woman showed “no respect for others” and another simply called her “a b—h.”
Others wanted to know if the potty would be cleaned in the lavatory sink “where other passengers wash their hands.”
How the mum had managed to bring the potty on the plane was on the mind of other users.
“How did she pack that???” one asked.
One post read: “Just don’t understand people….like what part of that seemed ok? Made for an entertaining post though….”
But while there was condemnation, many were sympathetic to the mom.
“Hats up for every mother doesn’t give a s–t about rules labeling and everything else when it comes for the health or the comfort of their kids!,” said one user.
“She is a great mom and you will understand this act when you practice motherhood right!”
And another posted: “When you gotta go..you gotta go!”
One mom said it was hard to change diapers in plane toilets.
“Not that I would do this, but it is impossible to change a diaper on a plane. “The shelf you lay your kid on is very small and unsafe… even had to use the top of the toilet closed.
“I’d love for these a-sholes b—hing to go rub their faces in an airplane toilet.”
“Passenger Shaming” which also has a Facebook page and Twitter account, was founded five years ago by former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen.