Mom Changes Baby's Diaper on Chipotle Table & Disgusts Diners


Question: What would you do if you were eating your braised carnitas burrito at Chipotle when you looked over and saw a mother changing her toddler's diaper on the table next to you? If you're anything like me, you'd probably be a little disgusted and would likely change your meal from dine-in to to-go. Sadly, this isn't a hypothetical situation; this really happened recently. A Midwestern mom changed her child's diaper on a Chipotle table in front of a restaurant full of people. Her and her husband's reasoning? The restaurant didn't have a changing table in the bathroom. Oh. Okay.


Chad, the husband of the woman who made this wildly unsanitary decision, reportedly wrote a letter to Chipotle headquarters, defending his wife's choice and chastising the restaurant's employees, who he surmised must not be parents themselves since they were so shocked to see a nearly-2-year-old bare bottomed on a restaurant table. Consumerist claims that the employees asked the family why they couldn't go out to the car to change the child, and Chad's response evidently was:

[The employees had an] inability/unwillingness to empathize with parents who find [the car] a less convenient alternative even on a beautiful day like yesterday, much less a subfreezing day as we undoubtedly will have in [this region] this winter.

I'm sorry, but does anyone else find this bat-crap crazy?! As a parent, I get what it's like to be somewhere without a changing table when you need to change your child -- in fact, it happened to me just today. But in what world is it okay to plop your child on top of something people eat off of and change their diaper? That isn't punishing Chipotle, if that was the parents' intent; it's punishing the people who had to witness this while they were eating or, worse, the person who sits at their table next.

Being that Chipotle seems like a restaurant on the more progressive side -- and one with a kids' menu -- it is a little surprising that this particular location didn't have a changing table in the bathroom. But, still, it's no excuse to go Cro-Magnon on everyone. I mean, they were eating at Chipotle for god's sake -- how long does that take? If the child had peed, surely, she could have waited until they were done eating to get her diaper changed. And if she pooped ... wow.

What would you have done if you were the parents, or the other diners, in this situation?


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