A Utah man took his 5-year-old daughter to the men’s restroom at a Walmart in Clinton, but that trip turned violent for the father.
Christopher Adams said his 7-year-old son, Kyler, and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, both had to go when the family visited the store Sunday to buy blinds and storage bins, so he took them both inside the men’s restroom in the back of the store.
“This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams said. “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 recalled that the man told him it was “inappropriate” to bring his daughter in the men’s room, then the man began to push him.
At that point, Adams tried to move his children away from the man.
“When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched right here,” Adams said while pointing to his left eye, which was bruised.
The situation got even worse for the father when the man punched him in the face and kicked him in the knee multiple times. Adams defended himself and forced 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.
The man’s name has not been revealed by the police.
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“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.
Adams said he may have suffered broken cartilage around his ribs. The father added that he did not want to leave his 5-year-old daughter by herself or have her go into another restroom by herself. That seems like normal behavior for a parent, don’t you think? After all, there are crazy people who might attack you in an unprovoked fashion these days. People like the unidentified man, for example.
“I just think it’s ridiculous,” he said of the attack. “Not necessarily his intention — but the way he handled the situation was completely wrong.”
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