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Is It Okay To Change A Baby’s Diaper In Public If There’s No Restroom Changing Table? [w/poll]
The Consumerist ^ | May 14, 2013 | Mary Beth Quirk

Posted on 05/14/2013 9:46:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

The reality of babies and young toddlers it that they’re gonna go when they’re gonna go, and parents will need to change their diapers. But what if a business like Starbucks doesn’t have a changing table in the restroom — is it okay for a parent to take care of diaper duty in the public seating area? One woman did, and Starbucks employees ended up calling the cops.

Here’s how it all went down, according to 9News.com in Denver: A mom had to change her one-year-old son’s diaper while she was on a coffee run at Starbucks Friday night, but realized there was no changing table in the store’s restroom. So she simply changed him in the seating area.

“As a mother, you have to do what you have to do. Wherever you have to do it,” she said. ”I just kind of wiped him off, cleaned him off as quickly as I could.”

While it’s unclear what kind of mess needed cleaning, her husband says a Starbucks employee was rude to his wife nonetheless, and tossed a rag to her while speaking in what he claims was a “demeaning tone.”

“He said make sure to wipe the seat when you’re done,” he said. “They started talking amongst themselves and laughing about it.”

He got so mad, he says, he dumped his venti coffee on the floor, saying, “Make sure you clean that.”

Strong words and hand gestures were exchanged, he says, and the store called the police to report a disturbance. No one was arrested, but a Starbucks spokesperson said the company is “concerned,” has “apologized to the [redacted] family,” and wants all customers treated with “dignity and respect.”

The woman says if Starbucks had provided a changing table in a restroom, she never would’ve had to do it in public. Which begs the question:



TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: children; napl; starbucks
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1 posted on 05/14/2013 9:46:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
I'm not sure - is it OK for me to relieve myself in your food in the restaurant doesn't provide a washroom?


2 posted on 05/14/2013 9:47:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

In a restaurant? No!


3 posted on 05/14/2013 9:47:59 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

Take the child back to your car and change the diaper in the back seat.


4 posted on 05/14/2013 9:50:20 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Slings and Arrows
So she simply changed him in the seating area.

So ... this dimbulb handled exposed fecal matter in a food service area.

Brilliant.

5 posted on 05/14/2013 9:50:29 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I take my guy out to the car.


6 posted on 05/14/2013 9:50:33 AM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Roos_Girl
and wants all customers treated with “dignity and respect.”

How about the brainless customers behave with some dignity and respect?

7 posted on 05/14/2013 9:52:14 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Sounds like the considerate and reasonable thing to do.
8 posted on 05/14/2013 9:53:22 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Roos_Girl

Please have more children. We need your genes to compete with those of the idiot in the OP.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Health code violation. Period.


10 posted on 05/14/2013 9:54:15 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Did she wash her hands afterward? If not, I don’t want anything she picked up on her “coffee run.”


11 posted on 05/14/2013 9:54:57 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Yes, that’s what I did.


12 posted on 05/14/2013 9:55:08 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

exactly, that woman has no class whatsoever


13 posted on 05/14/2013 9:55:10 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: CatherineofAragon

H#!!, half of America doesn’t wash after they use “the facilities”.


14 posted on 05/14/2013 9:55:49 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“But what if a business like Starbucks doesn’t have a changing table in the restroom — is it okay for a parent to take care of diaper duty in the public seating area?”

No! Who in their right mind would think that was acceptable in a dining area? I’d call the health department if the business didn’t kick them out for that.


15 posted on 05/14/2013 9:55:54 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Slings and Arrows

Is that your napkin? Mind if I blow my nose in it?

Hell yeah, they should take the baby to a more appropriate setting for changing the diaper.

If I’m sitting there having my breakfast or lunch the last thing I want to smell is baby crap , much less sit in it due to a not so caring parent not thoroughly wiping the area down.

Moreover, why would I want a case of E-coli because the area where food and hands goes was not properly sanitized .

Change the kid in the car.


16 posted on 05/14/2013 9:56:22 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Slings and Arrows

No, because a perv will upload the video and/or CPS will arrest the parent for exposing their child.


17 posted on 05/14/2013 9:56:23 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Coffee ain’t gonna be the only thing running...


18 posted on 05/14/2013 9:56:52 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“He said make sure to wipe the seat when you’re done,” he said. “They started talking amongst themselves and laughing about it.”

He got so mad, he says, he dumped his venti coffee on the floor, saying, “Make sure you clean that.”


So, the Starbucks didn’t even call the cops on them for changing the diaper, like the story implied early. They called the cops on them for causing a scene.


19 posted on 05/14/2013 9:56:54 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Slings and Arrows

Was the baby just getting wet diapers changed, which take maybe fifteen seconds in a booth away from everyone’s view or was he on a chair (which I do not get) and a poopy diaper?

She could have gone to the bathroom and put a blanket or cover on the floor and changed him, or in the car or stroller.

The STBX employee over reacted.


20 posted on 05/14/2013 9:57:35 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Roos_Girl

Yep - that’s what I do. Take the kid out to the car. Sure, treat her with dignity, but why does this woman expect everyone to make accommodations for her?


21 posted on 05/14/2013 9:57:56 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Or do so in the stroller outside, or on a diaper changing pad you carry in the diaper bag or on a blanket.
I’ve had two kids. And I know that no one wants poop near their food or the disease risk it brings anywhere near one’s food.


22 posted on 05/14/2013 9:58:38 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: ArrogantBustard
Changing a boy's diaper has it's risks too. Something you quickly learn.

Spraying urine all over the place in a public area is not a good idea. And then there is the feces. Definitely a health hazard.

The answer is NO!

23 posted on 05/14/2013 9:59:14 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: ArrogantBustard

I actually saw a woman change a baby on the table of a restaurant. Also saw a pic of two babies sitting at restaurant table on pottie chairs.


24 posted on 05/14/2013 9:59:17 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hell no, that’s nasty!

Do what women did before there were tables for Pete’s sake!


25 posted on 05/14/2013 9:59:30 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Slings and Arrows

If she had a car outside, she could have laid him down on the seat. That’s gross on a restaurant seat. And, I’m a mother of three!


26 posted on 05/14/2013 10:01:41 AM PDT by clarissaexplainsitall
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To: Slings and Arrows

I thought the poll would have way more people opposed to changing a babies’ diaper in public

Strange that.


27 posted on 05/14/2013 10:02:20 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The libs in Denver will now demand all business install changing stations in all men & women's restrooms.

Starbucks will apologize for their employee being rude and insensitive.

28 posted on 05/14/2013 10:03:43 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Slings and Arrows
There was/is no compelling reason for this young mom to immediately change her infants diaper in Starbucks or any food establishment that doesn't provide a baby changing station. Beyond utter lack of respect for the patrons of the establishment, there are issues for the child as well. Diapers need to be changed in a secure and relatively safe/clean area. A restaurant, where a child can reach under the table/counter/seat is like placing unsavory bacteria directly within that infant's reach.

Witnessing soiled diapers discarded in parking lots, on walking paths is a sign of decaying society. Another pet peeve is watching patrons leave their candy wrappers, beverages and spilled popcorn behind in a pathetic mess as they leave movie theatres. Just disgusting and pathetic.

29 posted on 05/14/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT by wtd
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To: Slings and Arrows

My mother and other women I observed a long time ago could lay a baby across their laps and change diapers. This was in the cloth diaper and big baby pin times. I could never master this.


30 posted on 05/14/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yes but not where folks are eating

This is where car culture helps

Use the car


31 posted on 05/14/2013 10:05:18 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

LOL, true.

And you’re absolutely right about people not washing up. I avoid public restrooms when I can, but I’ve seen plenty women leave without washing, or else run their hands under plain water.


32 posted on 05/14/2013 10:07:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Slings and Arrows

There is a right place for everything and a diaper change in a dining area is NOT the Right place.What’s the matter with the mother? she Couldn’t take the tyke to the ladies room and do the clean up there?

I wouldn’t want to be sitting in that area and knowing that is going on.
And I have kids.


33 posted on 05/14/2013 10:07:27 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: luvbach1
I actually saw a woman change a baby on the table of a restaurant.

Idiot.

Would she change a diaper on her dining room table? Kitchen counter?

Seriously ...

34 posted on 05/14/2013 10:07:46 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: svcw

Do modern diaper bags still come with a pad to put underneath the baby? I used to use one before changing stations became commonplace. All most bathrooms ever had was a small vanity counter, if at all.


35 posted on 05/14/2013 10:08:47 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
" but why does this woman expect everyone to make accommodations for her?"

Denver....entitled lib behavior

36 posted on 05/14/2013 10:10:04 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: bigbob
Our youngest is 24. For several years we simply did not go places without a plan for taking care of this type situation. Many places we just wouldn't take our infant children.

Different times, I guess.

37 posted on 05/14/2013 10:10:53 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Slings and Arrows

(the father)says, he dumped his venti coffee on the floor, saying, “Make sure you clean that.” because he felt the employees were being demeaning to his wife.

What a classy couple.


38 posted on 05/14/2013 10:12:13 AM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

My first too were before changing tables
You can find private spots to clean them up

Even the floor of a closet or clean bathroom...in their carrier.....

Carry spare cloth diapers and plenty of wipes

Cloth diaper to lay them on

Common sense

But last place is where folks eat especially if its an older baby


39 posted on 05/14/2013 10:12:42 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: FamiliarFace

With my gradkids, I do not remember one.
It is easy to bring along a cover or blanket is needed.
I mean there are even paper towels you can put on the floor, if you need to.


40 posted on 05/14/2013 10:13:15 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe she could have made a big show of exposing to breast feed (both sides), and distracted the diaper changing???


41 posted on 05/14/2013 10:13:39 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

“” but why does this woman expect everyone to make accommodations for her?”
Denver....entitled lib behavior “

A Denver Starbucks no less!


42 posted on 05/14/2013 10:14:51 AM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Amazing, isn’t it?


43 posted on 05/14/2013 10:14:59 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
I'm not sure - is it OK for me to relieve myself in your food in the restaurant doesn't provide a washroom?

What Difference Does It Make?

44 posted on 05/14/2013 10:16:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Exactly! I swear it’s not that hard. You do NOT change any diaper in an eating area, especially a public eating space.


45 posted on 05/14/2013 10:16:55 AM PDT by Frapster (There you go again...)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I'm a little surprised it's Starbucks.

You'd think they would for sure have a changing table in both bathrooms.

Sorry - I come down on the family's side. This is the 21st century.

46 posted on 05/14/2013 10:17:14 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: wardaddy
Yes but not where folks are eating. This is where car culture helps. Use the car.

Don't you mean minivan? Most mothers with vans have learned that lifting the hatchback and using the cargo floor is a very good emergency changing area.

47 posted on 05/14/2013 10:19:56 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Agreed NEVER in a restaurant.

Take the kid to your car and do it there.


48 posted on 05/14/2013 10:20:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Huskrrrr

Agreed NEVER in a restaurant.

Take the kid to your car and do it there.


49 posted on 05/14/2013 10:20:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Slings and Arrows

No. Find a room somewhere and take care of it. For everyone’s safety and no misunderstandings between idiot observers and parents.


50 posted on 05/14/2013 10:20:43 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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