You probably should refrain from reading this if you happen to be eating anything right now, because the image this story conjures up just might make you lose your lunch!
After realizing that the restaurant she was dining at with her kids did not have a changing table in the bathroom, a mom changed her baby's diaper at the table. That promptly got her kicked out of the joint as I'm sure you can imagine.
The incident took place at the Brothers Pizza Express in Spring, Texas. Miranda Sowers was there with her three kids, ages 8, 4, and 4 months. And when nature called for her baby and she was not able to change her in the restroom, she opted not to go back out to her minivan where she could've done a diaper swap without other diners nearby.
She decided heading to the car was way too inconvenient, so she put her changing pad on the chair at her table and did the deed.
Not surprisingly, other patrons complained upon seeing (and smelling) what was going down. That's when Miranda's food was brought to her in to-go containers and she was asked to leave the restaurant.
And now she's all bent out of shape and has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
The restaurant employees are of course sticking by their decision to make Sowers leave, as they should. Um, can you even imagine how you would feel if you were sitting there enjoying your meal and looked over and saw and/or caught a whiff of the contents of a soiled diaper staring back at you?
The thought alone is enough to make me nauseated!
While I understand that this mother clearly had her hands full with three children, and it had to be a real buzz kill that there wasn't a changing table for her to use -- sometimes you have to take other people into consideration even if it winds up inconveniencing you. The people dining at that pizza place went there to eat, not witness a diaper change, so no one can fault them for being disgusted.
And aside from the other diners, it seems kind of odd that Sowers wasn't the least bit worried about changing her baby at the same table where her other two children were about to eat! Isn't that kind of, well ... gross?
I'm sorry, but this woman needs to realize that if she ever runs into a similar situation again, she's just going to have to suck it up and take the baby out to the car to take care of business. Either that, or she should at least check with a manager to see if there is some other area away from the dining room where she can tend to her baby's needs without making other customers feel the urge to get up and run to the bathroom themselves.
Yes, life with a baby can be tough sometimes. But having an infant doesn't excuse you from a little thing called common courtesy.
Would you ever change your baby at the table?
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