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NC country club's post about child using bathroom in pool draws praise, criticism

HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (WECT) - A country club’s unusual public response to a child using the bathroom in its swimming pool is drawing both criticism and praise online.

Olde Pointe Golf and Country Club in Hampstead emailed its members the afternoon of Sunday, July 8 about the incident.

Marzana Zalik also posted the same message from her Facebook page. Zalik co-owns the country club with John Francesco, according to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

Here is the text of the message from the country club:

Olde Point Country Club's Pool Will Be Closed Tomorrow.

We Remind All Parents To Be Aware How

Long Their Children Stay In The Water

And Be Mindful To Make Them

Get Out And Go To The Bathroom.

Because Of One Parents Neglect Of This,

Our Pool Is Closed Monday July 9th.

Our Members, Guests, Pool Attendants,

And Our Pool Servers Will Not Be

Able To Enjoy The Pool Or Work.

Please Let Your Pool Attendant Know If You See

Any Issue In The Future Before It Becomes A Problem.

It Does Not take A Village To Raise A Child

It Takes A Parent To Raise A Child.

We Are Sorry For Every Ones inconvenience.

The Pool Will Reopen Tuesday July 10th.

People posted positive and negative feedback online after the message was released. Most commenters took issue with the public way they felt the parent was shamed after their child used the bathroom in the pool.

“Will not eat where the owner has parent shamed someone for a pool accident! What the hell is wrong with you? Good Luck!,” one person commented.

“My heart hurts that they think it’s acceptable to post all over social media (over and over again!) slamming another mother/father for something that is not in their control,” another person commented. “Being a parent is hard; we are always left feeling if we are enough... we do not need business owners from within our community name calling!”

“Responsible and professional owners!! Thank you for making sure we swim in clean water!” reads another Facebook comment.

“Despite someone's negative approach, (sic) I think the situation was handled appropriately. No one was identified and maybe, just maybe, the parents will be more observant in the future so another incident doesn't occur,” wrote someone else.

The swimming pool re-opened Tuesday morning, according to a Facebook post on OIde Pointe Country Club’s public page. 


The post writer, who identifies himself as John, denied that the original post shamed anyone and defended their approach.

Staff at Olde Pointe Golf and Country Club declined to comment about the original post or provide a way to contact the writer. Marzana Zalik did not respond to a Facebook message for comment.

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