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Getting out of the house with your kids in tow is no small feat, but throw diaper changes in the mix and you can have a three-ring circus on your hands. So when Miranda Sowers took her three children to Brothers Pizza Express in Spring, Texas, and found no diaper-changing station in the bathroom, she took matters into her own hands. But, Sowers didn't opt to haul her 4-month-old, 4-year-old and 8-year-old daughters to her minivan to do a diaper swap; she changed her baby's diaper right at her table on the seat.
Well, if Sowers had plans of keeping her public diaper change on the down low, the jig was quickly up once the smell started offending fellow patrons trying to enjoy their food. So the restaurant staff made the decision to bring Sowers' food to go and she was asked to leave.
"The last thing I want is a customer throwing up," restaurant manager Donny Lala was quoted as saying. His family owns the pizzeria and felt that the diaper change was inappropriate, especially as other patrons began to complain. And, I applaud their quick thinking.
Insensitivity to a mother's needs or downright disgusting?
As a mom of two I know how tough it can be to change diapers when you're out and about, but I did many-a-diaper change in the car when changing tables weren't offered. And, not only did this mom gross customers out with the smell of a diaper, I'm certain she must have violated at least one health code. It's just rude of her. And I'm not buying her story that it's too inconvenient to tote her kids out to her minivan to comfortably change her infant's dirty diaper either. It's not called inconvenient; it's called motherhood.
Miranda Sowers has since filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. And, although I'm sure that she wasn't trying to offend anyone by her actions, I do support Brothers Pizza Express's decision to kick a mom out of a restaurant for changing the baby's diaper in an eating area. Motherhood isn't always easy, but a little common sense goes a long way, especially when dirty diaper isn't a topping anyone would want on their slice.