DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Usually, the biggest concerns at a public swimming pool are children rough-housing, bathing suits that are too revealing or making sure swimmers don’t run along the sides.
But at the Holmes Aquatic Center in University Park came a different complaint: A doll.
Just ask Allan Peck. A Local DJ on radio station New Country 96.3 KSCS-FM said his daughter left her doll in the pool and the lifeguard quickly confronted his wife.
He said she told her, “I’ve been watching this thing float around, and it’s been creeping me out, and we’ve been getting complaints from people in the pool, so I removed it from the water,” Peck said. “Pretty much, she put a baby doll in time out.”
Peck said his wife laughed, but the lifeguard told her other parents found the doll offensive, and that if they brought it back to the pool, it had to have a swimsuit on.
“It’s a doll,” Peck said. “It’s a toy. It’s a baby doll.”
At first, the doll may look a little real. Its face wrinkles, it has defined fingers and toes; it even has a spine.
“It’s creepy,” Peck agrees. “I will definitely give you that.”
City manager Bob Livginston said he’s looking into the complaint, but it seems the 16-year-old lifeguard just tried to handle complaints from the parents.
The assistant park and recreation director Brent Jones said the lifeguard told him people complained that the doll looked too real – not that it was offensive.
Jones said they wanted it covered up to make it look more like a doll.
“We won’t bring this to the pool anymore,” Peck said. “I’m not going to put a swimsuit on it.”
They certainly don’t want to make any more waves.