Toddler Vomits in Vehicle, Father’s Response Goes Viral

May 16, 2016 Updated: July 15, 2017

A father’s reaction to his toddler vomiting in his car has resonated with many—hundreds of thousands of people to be exact.

Ben Patterson, of Burligame, California, posted screenshots of texts he sent to his wife after their child vomited in their vehicle. His story has been liked more than 70,000 times and shared 120,000 times on Facebook. He wrote:

So this just happened

I just pulled over and am trying not to throw up myself

Call me

I just threw up trying to clean him up

It smells SO BAD

Patterson then stopped on a road in front of a woman’s home, and as the woman saw Patterson, she accused him of being drunk.


She then called the cops on him.

He explained later:

I seriously don’t know what to do, I’m barfing every time I try to clean him up

I’m puking on some lady’s lawn in Burlingame and she comes out to ask me if I’m drunk while driving the kids

I’m trying to explain that I’m a sympathetic vomiter and can’t handle the smell

This is so bad

Aaaaand now the cops showed up

Aaaaand now a breathalyzer


He passed a breathalyzer test and was given the all-clear to go home with his son. But now he’s got a story to tell for a lifetime.

(H/T – Theberry)