A mother in Spring, Texas just to the north of Houston was told she would have to leave Brother’s Pizza Express after changing her 4 month old infant’s diaper on a chair at her table.
Miranda Sowers says that the whole thing began when she took baby Reagan to the restroom to change her only to discover that there was no changing table available. Since she had her 4-year-old, Lauren and 8-year-old Katelyn also in tow she did not want to take them all out to the minivan to change the diaper and ultimately decided that since she had a changing pad she could quickly change the baby on a chair at the table.
The employee who saw her make the change apparently did not think that it was quick or subtle enough, however, and when the family’s food was ready it was brought to them in to-go containers with a demand that they leave the restaurant.
Miranda said that she did not really want to change the baby at the table, but that it was her last resort.
Bessa Lala, whose family owns the restaurant said that she could not believe her eyes when she saw Miranda changing her daughter on the chair.
“How would you feel,” she asked. “You’re sitting there eating. I don’t want to lose all these other customers because they see a dirty diaper.”
“As soon as you start opening the diaper, people start complaining about the smell of the diaper,” said Donny Lala, Bessa’s brother and the manager of the restaurant. “Last thing I want is a customer throwing up.”
Sowers insists that no one saw her changing the diaper and she has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
The Lala’s said that they are a small business and have been considering putting changing tables in the restrooms, a move they might want to make rather than throwing paying customers out.
Some would say this was not the best move on Sowers’ part. The Lalas have a point that most people eating would not want to see someone changing a diaper at a table right next to them.
However, it’s also probably not the best move on the restaurant’s part to neglect to provide a proper place to change a baby’s diaper in their FAMILY oriented establishment, either.
h/t for story and photo to: KHOU