Sunday, April 01, 2007


Just to give a little background, there is a local advertising paper that has a column called "Gotta Vent" in it. This week, someone had written in how disturbed they were to observe something changing their baby in a restaurant. I must admit my first reaction was who would do such a thing and that they must be making it up.

Well, I sure hope that we saw the same person (and that there are not 2 of them in the area) today. We were in a reasonably nice restaurant this afternoon enjoying a nice beer and burger when, to my disbelief, a gentleman (and I use the term loosely) a couple of tables away proceeded to put his baby on the window ledge and change her diaper in the dining room. Not only that, but he chose to set his baby back in her high chair, finish his meal and left the debris on the ledge for another 10 minutes or so before eventually getting up and taking it somewhere.

Now a baby is a delightful little creature, but there is a time and place for everything. In my book, he should have taken her to the restroom or out to the family vehicle and changed her there (and washing up would be nice, too).

I thought about bringing this to the attention of the manager, but, when you think about it, what was he/she going to be able to do? Give us a discount? It wasn't the restaurant's fault. Throw the other party out? There were 5 other children (who were reasonably well-behaved) and at least 9 other adults in that party.

What did we do? Nothing. We paid our bill, left and continue to be mind-boggled that there are actually people that do such things in public. Oh, and the kicker...this was not an uneducated boob...he had already announced loud enough for us to hear that he had applied for positions teaching English and coaching sports at local school districts.


Mouse said...

People have absolutely no concern for the people around them anymore.. that's for sure. I always changed my son in the car or in the bathroom if there was a changing station.. never IN a restaurant! Sheesh!

Calling Kahlo said...

I haven't seen anything that bad lately, but I admit going out to admit lacks the fun and relaxation it previously contained. People can be extremely inconsiderate of those around them.

Lene Andersen said...

Oh, yum.

Yep, sounds like an epidemic.

Anonymous said...

Um, holy crap (pun intended). Can you say health/sanitary concern?

When I took food microbiology years ago, I remember hearing that many "food poisoning" cases are due to people not washing their hands properly after pooping or changing a diaper.