Mom Changes Diaper In The Middle Of A Chipotle, Dad Doesn’t Think There’s Anything Wrong With It
A mom changed her 16-month-old’s diaper in the middle of a Chipotle dining room last week. She thought it was the reasonable thing to do, since the chain has a kids menu and in her mind should be stocked with a changing table. How many times are we going to have to repeat the mantra, don’t expose the general public to your child’s feces in the middle of their dining experience? I feel like this is a topic that has been covered extensively, to the shock and horror of everyone who hears about it — but apparently there are still some jerks out there who think this is absolutely okay.
Let’s repeat this for clarity: Under no circumstances is it okay to change your baby’s diaper in the middle of a restaurant’s dining room. Got it? Not even if the dining room is empty, because there will still be employees there who shouldn’t have to deal with this.
If you thought mom was bad, dad takes it even further by writing a letter to Chipotle headquarters. He says he understands how the decision to change a diaper in the middle of a restaurant may strike some as “unsavory,” (gee, ya think?) but that those who were really disgusted by it — like the employees who told them if they did it again they would be asked to leave — must not have children. Right. Because no parent would be disgusted by that behavior? Wrong.
The Consumerist has a portion of dad’s letter. This is how he responds to the question that some employees posed regarding why the family could not just have used their car for the diaper change. He claims the Chipotle staff showed 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.”
So basically, it was a nice day. There was absolutely no reason why they couldn’t have opted to change their child in the car. They decided that staying in the restaurant and horrifying all of the customers around them was more convenient — for them.
Introducing excrement into a dining area — even if it’s coming out of the cutest little body in the land — is a major health code violation. And no one should be forced to consume a meal around someone this clueless. It is simply not okay to do this. I don’t care if you have your parent-blinders on. Take them off. Dealing with the no-changing table situation is annoying, but it’s something most parents manage to navigate without changing their baby’s diaper next to someone else’s dinner. They could have stood their baby up in the bathroom, they could have taken baby to the car, they could have used an outdoor bench — there are plenty of options. They may not be great or easy options, but they are certainly better than the one they chose.