Wednesday, May 15, 2013

You Guys Mind If I Change This Diaper Here?

A couple with a baby recently got into a showdown with Starbucks staff after they changed their kid in the middle of the cafe. (There was no changing table in the bathroom.)

From a local news channel in Denver:
On a coffee run Friday night, Ruth Burgos ran her one-year-old son Thiago to the restroom. 
"As a mother, you have to do what you have to do. Wherever you have to do it," Burgos said.
Burgos noticed there was no changing table at the Denver Starbucks on the 7900 block of East 49th Avenue so she changed her son's diaper in the seating area. 
"I just kind of wiped him off, cleaned him off as quickly as I could," Burgos said. 
Alex Burgos says a Starbucks employee tossed his wife a rag and spoke to her in 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." 
Burgos says his blood started boiling, hotter than the venti coffee with extra sugar he decided to pour on the floor. 
"And I said make sure you clean that," Burgos said. 
He says they exchanged strong words and hand gestures. 
The store called Denver police to report a "disturbance" and an officer responded around 10 p.m. but nobody was arrested. 
Starbucks spokesperson Jaime Riley says the company is "concerned," has "apologized to the Burgos family," and wants all customers treated with "dignity and respect."
I'm sympathetic to the parents' plight, though it sounds like the dad was a bit of a hot head. Strong hand gestures were exchanged! (I recommend viewing the video above for an awesome black-and-white recreation of the coffee being spilled.)

This is also why it's good to carry a portable changing pad, which can be laid down on the bathroom floor — no table needed.

The Consumerist site asked readers if it's ever acceptable to change a diaper in public. So far, the response "that's disgusting" is winning 2-to-1.

Personally, I think changing a pee diaper in public is probably OK. But if it's a No. 2, you're definitely crossing the line.

And if it's a full-on blowout, you may just have to burn the place down.