A sign posted in Wakefield Bus Station has warned people against ‘abusing’ the disabled toilet and baby change unit by grooming their dogs there.
The notice, which has now been removed, was signed by the general station manager.
It read: “It has come to my attention that these facilities are being abused by some by a practise of using them for dog grooming purposes”.
It goes on to warn users that ‘such behaviour’ will be deemed as ‘anti-social behaviour’ which could mean being banned from the bus station.
Mary Lowrey, Wakefield Bus Station General Manager, said: “We can confirm that a notice has been displayed outside the bus station toilets asking that people refrain from using the baby change and disabled bathroom as a dog grooming facility.
“We believe that this only occurred on a few isolated occasions and we are now happy to confirm that the misuse has ceased.”
Bus station user Hilda Tams, 70, of Ossett, said: “They did right to put a sign up. It’s not hygienic to take a dog in there. I used to have a dog but I wouldn’t take it in a toilet to clean it.”
And Mary Marley, 70, of Castleford, said: I think it’s disgusting. If they want to clean their dogs they could go home and do it.
“I have had dogs all my life, but I don’t think dogs should be in bus stations. I think they should ban dogs from the bus station. It’s a health hazard. People don’t stop their dogs peeing in the bus station.”
One bus station user, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I wouldn’t want to go in a toilet if there had been a dog in there.”
Are you a bus user in Wakefield and have you witnessed any evidence of dog grooming in the toilets? Or have you ever seen any other odd behaviour when using public transport?
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