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Sam Leith: A father’s dilemma

Should you accompany your four-year-old daughter into the men's toilets?

By Sam Leith   December 2013

The other day I was kicked out of a ladies’ lavatory.

Hold your horses—there were mitigating circumstances: I was in there with my four-year-old daughter. Nevertheless, as I finished helping her wash her hands at the public loos next to the playground, a male toilet attendant came in and told us we shouldn’t be there.

I, for once in my life, had an answer ready. I’ve thought this one through. The choice is straightforward. Accompanying my daughter to the ladies’ isn’t ideal: the odd woman emerging from a cubicle might be momentarily startled to see a man in the area…

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