Rarely do headlines scare me, but when I read headlines such as “Woman spent 2 years sitting on boyfriend’s toilet,” I get frightened.
I do my fair share of sitting on the toilet because I like to read while taking care of business, but even I wouldn’t hang out for two years.
One would think it would be a bit painful to sit on a toilet for any extended period of time, and according to Associated Press reports, it had to be because she sat still for long enough to have the her skin grow and attach to the toilet seat.
Doctors had to remove it.
The woman, 35-year-old Pam Babcock, lives with her boyfriend, 36-year-old Kory McFarren, in Ness City, Kan.
According to the AP, McFarren said Babcock didn’t just sit on the toilet for two years. She roamed around the bathroom and lived in it like a quasi-normal person. McFarren said he took food, water and changes of clothes to her, and he said they had conversations in the lavatory.
McFarren told the AP that Babcock wouldn’t go out of the bathroom because she had a phobia about leaving. He said this was due to beatings she received as a child.
Even so, why would she choose the bathroom as, what McFarren said was, “a safe place for her”?
I would love to know how long it took for her body to become physically attached to the toilet seat.
How many days, or months for that matter, did she have to sit with pants around her thighs for her butt to become one with the porcelain throne?
Of course, one of the most ironic pieces to this strange little episode of excellent Kansas attention in the media is the Ness County Sheriff.
His name is Bryan Whipple.
He shares the same last name as Dick Wilson’s infamous Charmin toilet paper character “Mr. Whipple.”
See, the Sheriff handling a case about a bathroom has the same last name of a pitchman that helped sell a product used in the bathroom.
That is absolutely hilarious. I love the irony.
I suppose the whole situation is a bit sad, even if the actual events that unfolded do seem kind of humorous.
The woman clearly was suffering from an illness, and she should have received help long before she became inseparable from the toilet.
McFarren should have called someone to assist his troubled girlfriend, and the AP has reported that the county attorney will be deciding if charges need to be brought against McFarren, who insisted that everyday he attempted to convince Babcock to leave the bathroom.
However, I don’t think McFarren should be charged with anything.
Sure, he should have done the right thing and got some help, but Babcock is 36 years old.
A phobia does not mean she is mentally incapable of coherent and rational thought. As an adult, she should have been able to understand that living in the bathroom, even if she felt safest there, was not a good idea, especially with McFarren trying to convince her of such an obvious fact.
With all that has happened in this situation, one question still remains heavy in the air:
Will Babcock now develop a phobia of porcelain or toilet seats?
I guess only time will tell.