Realistic Doll Making Waves At University Park Pool

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.

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  • Dan

    I don’t understand what is wrong with the parent of the girl that he can’t see why having a realistic looking doll float in the water is disturbing. You don’t have to have the image of anyone drowning at the pool, and you don’t want the lifeguard to be in the habit of not worrying about people that are face down in the water, or distracted by a doll.

    I am betting that this guy (the father of the girl) has to be pretty liberal to have such a lack of conscience.

    • jess

      I don’t understand how this made drudge…or any news source.

    • billyjoe

      “I am betting that this guy (the father of the girl) has to be pretty liberal to have such a lack of conscience.”

      And what am I to make of a person who makes sweeping generalizations about other people based on nothing but a kneejerk generalization? Oh, right…youre a numbskull.

      • muhammedx

        Actually he is doing exactly what you are..making an assumption based on the facts as he saw them, or read them. numbskull.

    • TrueBeliever

      Agreed. Obvious liberal. We need to take back this country using common sense, the power of Jesus Christ, and our 2nd Amendment rights!!

      • C Bauer

        Well said, Medic.

      • USArmyCombatMedic

        As a Christian let me say this, TrueBeliever, you make us all look like morons. “the power of Christ and out 2nd Amendment Rights”?! Just what are you advocating here? The power of love or that of a firearm. And I’m not anti-gun, by any means. I am a lifelong NRA member, a veteran, and a gun owner. Using the 2nd Amend. card is a little like saying your plan is anarchism.
        So let me say this to you: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” (Romans 13:1-2)..
        To Non-Christians: I am not throwing Scripture at you to “force it down your throat”. This passage was for TrueBeliever only.

      • Kramer

        Les, you got me on that one. Ask TrueBeliever, the snake handling Pentecostal loon.

      • les

        how did god get involved with this ?????

      • George Cantstandya

        That reminds me of a funny saying I saw on a bumper sticker in Brooklyn. “Jesus saves – Jews invest wisely.”

      • Jewy Jewstein

        The power of Christ compels you… to save like never before at Grapevine Dodge! LOL!

      • Jew Boy

        The power of Jesus Christ?! You had me with “common sense” then you lost me. By the way, I’m all pro gun (I have dozens), but to “take back this country using… our 2nd Amendment rights”? I hope the FBI has your IP address.

      • Paul

        Maybe the lifeguard should have just pulled out an AK-47 and blown that sucker right out of the water!

    • Wyrdless

      These evil miscreants are DESTROYING SOCIETY with their realistic rubber dolls.

      Clearly a lack of a lack of conscience is the cause. The parents should be beaten and the kids should be forced to attend religious education camps so they can be put straight again.

      How dare they bring a little rubber doll to a pool, can you imagine the audacity?

      • C S

        Alejandro, assimilating into this country not only means learning the language, but understanding our humor. That comment by Wyrdless was something known as sarcasm/satire.

      • Alejandro

        Wyrdo… You are an extrimist…


      I agree! Those parents need to let the little girl bring a blow-up doll to the pool next time! They can be bought at most porn shops too! That way, the little girl would have a toy and a flotation device all in one!

      • Stephen Wade

        nice :)

    • Rocco

      A) This isn’t at all a display of a lack of conscience. The father in the story seems to have issues about his decisions being called into question. It’s a silly but common response, and doesn’t indicate any lack of a conscience whatsoever. And B) How is lack of a conscience indicative of liberalism in the first place? Isn’t that the philosophy of too MUCH conscience? (Political correctness, affirmative action, redistribution of wealth, etc.)

      • Christopher

        No, the spin of liberalism or Liberalism with the capital “L” might have too much conscience, but the reality of liberalism is a condescension that allows one to believe that they should be empowered to run the lives of others. Which liberals spin as,”I care for you so I’m taking away x, y or z.”

      • Rocco

        Whatever your impressions of Social Liberalism, my point was that the father in the story was displaying a common character flaw among HUMANS, not “liberals”. In actuality, we humans have many more similarities in desires and fears than we do differences. Government is something that was invented by HUMANS, and as such, there is no perfectly correct way to go about doing it. (at least until we discover a scientific way to measure happiness and fulfillment).

    • SPWalker

      Well said.

    • Jeff Sweeney

      Dan. You sir, are an idiot.
      What does liberalism have to do with anything about this article. Talk about close minded ignorance..

    • John

      The doll may resemble a real baby, but it’s much smaller, the plastic doesn’t look like real skin, a lightweight plastic toy would float much differently than a real baby (it’d “bob” more than “float”), and a real baby wouldn’t stay unnaturally rigid.

      I am betting that the people who freaked out over this have to be pretty stupid to have such a lack of intelligence.

      Refusing to pander to the stupidity of fools does not constitute a lack of conscience.

  • FW Forever

    This may seem stupid to those outside Dallas, but let me assure you, this sort of thing is commonplace. The pinheads who live in Dallas worry about things like plastic dolls in public pools instead of things that really matter, and, as we have just seen, news stories even cover such silliness. This is why Dallas has the problems it does – city government corruption, high crime, historical locales being razed, etc. Your city is a stagnant public toilet, ladies and gents. Be proud of your fetid metropolis. I’ll stay in my house in Mira Vista as I watch the smoke rise to the east.

    • DWPittelli

      Have you ever heard of The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’?

      • Moustache Pete

        LOL. OWNED. You stronzo.

      • FW Forever

        Yes, dunce. It’s a fable by the Greek writer, Aesop. However, if the doll is confusing the lifeguard, perhaps a less myopic lifeguard is in order.

  • Retired SOF guy

    The parents are dolts, and frankly I’m not convinced they didn’t make up the “offensive” part to try to shift focus from their bad decision to let their kid bring a realistic doll then leave it unattended. Weren’t these parents watching their kid themselves? How could they be so oblivious. So, in typical libtarb fashion they use the “affront situation” to get attention, then exaggerate it to try to make some snarky point and shift the focus from their failure. Give the lifeguard a raise.

    • jess

      You must have a lot of time in during your retirement. Hardly think this article or situation requires more than a few words.

  • Khandoor

    I’d put it in a car seat and park right out front of the pool….

    • Dumbbutt

      And I would break out your car window, and claim I thought you left a child in there if questioned.

      • Krav Maga Nut

        LOL@U: All soldiers have to clean toilets – even us Hebes in the IDF.

      • USArmyCombatMedic

        Too bad I’m late. I’m with you Sgt. Bailey (aka BOB USMC)!

      • LOL@U

        Where and when, sweetheart?

      • BOB USMC

        lol@u is a troll.

        East gate security, leave me a date when I can expect you and I’ll leave the name lol@u with the guards. Unless you want to leave me a real SURNAME so they’ll know what to print on your headstone. I’ll even invite USArmycombatmedic along to patch you up after your first beatdown and get you ready for round 2.
        ps You forgot to correct me for that missing letter o in apostrophe. Even heroes like you miss one every now and again.

      • BOB USMC


        Never claimed to be one. Glad we have real Americans back home who can spellcheck. My world feel so much safer just knowing your out there. Lets chat one on one. SSGT Robert K. Bailey, MAG 13 Yuma Az. Notice no apostrphe in lets. I created some spellcheck chaos you can save the world from D-Bag

      • LOL@U

        It’s SURNAME, genius.

      • BOB USMC


        Not suposedly.
        I stupidly assumed it was a sir name. My appologies comrade. Go about your day. We’ve got your back. Go back to the Xbox hero, holding hands with your boyfriend or whatever your kind does.

        First parachute rigger, then PMI, that’s primary marksman insructor, next SAR, search and rescue and yes to the toilet cleaning. Every morning, every night at that wonderful playground known as Parris Island. All this as you were probably sitting home slapping little johnny behind the ears. You only get one little, but you know the truth. Don’t you sailor.

      • LOL@U

        You’re supposedly a Marine and you don’t know where the name Khandoor may originate from? What, did you clean toilets at Camp Lejune?

      • BOB USMC

        What DB said. What kind of name is Khandoor? Just asking?

      • Krav Maga Nut

        M²: It’s a military/alpha male thing. You wouldn’t understand. Go smoke your weed and watch MSNBC.

      • Seriously guys, planning to meet and fight over comments in a story about a plastic doll? You need to lighten up a little, its not that big of a deal.

    • Stan


      • BOB USMC

        Then walk by and kick it in!

  • antisus

    I live in Dallas and I totally agree with “FW Forever”. University Park residents certainly have nothing better to do than complain about a doll.

  • SuzanneL

    This is not even a news story. Kids do lots of stupid things, and I don’t mean the lifeguard.

  • Just My Thought

    Interesting, it says there are 12 comments but only 8 can be seen. I was reading the comments as the one I was reading was pulled. I guess it was a little to conservative as it related to our constitutional rights. So it goes that CBS is cencsoring it’s media as it always has. I wonder if everybody will get to see this comment, or is it too offensive?

    • USArmyCombatMedic

      They aren’t censoring the media, as our comments are not media. They are censoring in order to prevent a massive flare-up in the thread. When chaos erupts, they could get in trouble. Example: somebody making a legitimate death threat. They just have to be cautious. Annoying? Yeah, I think so too.. But it’s the world we live in now.

      • C Bauer

        Comments do get blocked for a lot of words “they” deem offensive, but if there is a discrepancy in the comment count versus the actual comments you see, it’s because of the pingbacks that are counted as comments. Blocked comments don’t get recorded in the comment count tabulator.

    • C Bauer

      “Pingbacks” are also counted as comments. That same comment count issue also confused me for a while.

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  • Dan

    If it is a FAKE doll, then why the heck should you care if it is floating in a pool?

  • Eric

    Who cares that this happened?

  • Joel Edge

    I’ve always thought those bolls were creepy looking.

  • davo

    Just put the doll in a car seat and leave it in a parked car with all the windows rolled up in the Texas sun.

  • Rose

    Absurd! Every one of the people here screaming Big Governmant will also be screaming murder if because of these dolls a real baby drowns due to mistaken identity. YOU have NO RIGHT to trick people. We have a little parable in this country called Boy who cried wolf READ IT! The boy was eaten and he got what was coming to him, but no mother should loose her baby because “waaaah I have a right to be stupid” You no have a FINITE right to liberty nowhere did the Founding Fathers mention liberty beyond all stupidity!

    • USArmyCombatMedic

      ” no mother should loose her baby..You no have a FINITE right to liberty nowhere did the Founding Fathers mention liberty beyond all stupidity!”

      ….Precisely… What she said….

    • BOB USMC

      The boy who cried wolf and other stupid references.

      1. It is Greek – not this country unless you are in Greece, then I apologize for my error and your mustache.
      2. It’s a fable not a parrable.
      3. Check the US Constitution out. For your sake I hope there is a stupidity clause in there. It may save your argument.

    • Zeus

      Would it kill you to learn proper grammar and spelling?

      • Zeus

        Oh, THERE’S my original comment!

    • Zeus

      Learn grammar and spelling, moron.

    • 2sister

      I understand what you are saying. The doll does real enough that someone could think it was a real baby drowning. I doubt, however, the parents or the little girl were trying to trick someone. She probably just took it with her, and then forgot about it or went off to do something else. It doesn’t say how old the little girl is, but I’m thinking she isn’t very old. I actually think that parents shouldn’t let kids take toys to a pool unless it’s a pool toy.


    I agree! Those parents need to let the little girl bring a blow-up doll to the pool next time! They can be bought at most porn shops too! That way, the little girl would have a toy and a flotation device all in one!

  • Dave Shaffer

    You know, if something like this had happened when I was a kid, we’d be busting a gut over it…throwing across the pool, dropping it off the diving board, and such. Well, I reckon it just proves what I’ve known all along: this country has really…gotten…STUPID. Congrats, America. It’s stuff like this that makes the rest of the world think you’re all idiots.

    • Scott

      And we would have asked you to stop or kick you out. There are plenty of toys to play with without distracting the lifeguards or other patrons with a floating realistic doll floating face down. Common sense. If the lifeguard keeps getting distracted by the doll appearing to drown, or the patrons complain about the doll (another distraction) it’s time to ask them to take it out. Safety. And yes I was a lifeguard in the States for 10 years (probably “when you were a kid”). I understand pool safety and distraction.

      • USArmyCombatMedic

        If the parents complaining about the doll is a distraction, and you ask that all distractions remain outside the pool area, then where does that leave us? I’ll let you put that together…

      • Scott

        There are distractions, and then there are distractions. The whole pool environment is distracting. Loud, crowded, pretty boys and girls. But when you get something that is a distraction, but also causing patrons to complain to you (additional distraction) you have to mitigate that.
        -just imagine-
        “I thought it was that doll again,” as the lifeguard explains NOT making a rescue.

      • BOB USMC

        Scott? Scott Hassslehoff? How you been buddy?

  • Retired Marine in Texas

    “Seeing what looks aomost exactly like an infant floating face down in a pool will cause problems, the guards will be quite distracted and could potentially miss a REAL victim need help.”

    “Weren’t these parents watching their kid themselves?”

    So which is it? Does ANYONE take personal responsibly anymore?

    So many of you want someone else to “take care of you” that now everyone thinks they know what is best for everyone else.

    I’m VERY glad I learned self reliance in the USMC. Most of you here are the reason this country is so messed up, “cause YOU know better”!!!

  • Jerzey Boy

    Maybe get a second male doll and they can have a Gay Education Training Day. That way the poor lifeguard and other parents will not have a leg to stand on.
    Even better, get a black second doll, the options are endless, good God.

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  • Chad Sampson

    Since it is Texas shouldn’t the parents and child be thrown in jail to further feed the private prisons of your police state?

    • Choad

      Is your name Choad? Your persona certainly is.

  • Nico

    I can’t account for people’s taste, that’s for sure. What a creepy ugly doll! Next there will be a granny doll, complete with hunchback, age spots, dentures, plenty of wrinkles, bald spots and arthritic fingers and joints. Depends not included.

  • Cat

    As a parent monitoring my kids in a busy public pool, I would have removed the doll myself and thrown the f*cking thing away if the parents ignored the lifeguards request. Who needs that distraction in a pool full of babies and young kids?

    • bobo

      You’re an idiot. It’s CLEARLY FAKE. I’d have kicked YOU over the fence if you tried that.

      • USArmyCombatMedic

        @bobo shot dead: You would kill someone for a comment such as this: “I’d have kicked YOU over the fence if you tried that”? Really?!? That speaks volumes about you as a person, and more than likely about your kin as well. When BOB USMC comes after you, you better find a medic that cares about psychotic murderous thugs..

      • Squid Boy

        Only a half mile, Bob? What kind of USMC sniper are you? I can take someone out at three clicks with a Barrett .50.

      • BOB USMC

        Hey Yikes. That’s what we need. More things recorded. DUH!

        Bobo shot dead. I bet I can drop you from a half mile before you get one of those hollow babies out of the barrel.

      • Yikes

        Lots of crackpots online today… I hope some IP addresses are being recorded.

      • bobo shot dead

        Well bobo, you ape, I would put 5 rounds of hollow points in you if you did that. Best check that macho kick your butt mentality before it gets you killed, you chump.

      • BOB USMC

        Squid boy,

        First of all great name. Secondly, I’m no sniper. Thirdly, I never said I couldn’t hit from longer range I said I could hit from a half mile before bob could get his first round off. Finally, I applaud your marksmanship. Carry on.

      • Squid Boy

        Thank you, Bob. I only hit stuff like that in practice. Hopefully it could happen when it really needs to be done. If that day ever comes.

  • Aunt Bea

    This is news? This and the story about the doll in the pool? REALLY? Are we in DFW or MAYBERRY?!

    • Aunt Bea

      Ooops. I thought I was commenting on the “cabin fever” story. Well, the comment can be applied to both.

  • William

    I DON’T understand why this story is significant in ANY way….

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