I love me some babies. But some parents are really the worst.
On Friday evening, Ruth Burgos of Denver changed her one-year-old son’s diaper on the seating area of a Starbucks because there was no changing area in the bathroom. An employee tossed a rag at Burgos, according to her husband Alex, and told her in a “demeaning” tone that she should sanitize the seat. “He said make sure to wipe the seat when you’re done,” Alex Burgos recounted. “They started talking amongst themselves and laughing about it.”
So her husband, naturally, decided to pour his venti coffee all over the floor. “And I said make sure you clean that,” he said. Employees and Alex Burgos then “exchanged strong words and hand gestures.” Starbucks responded, rightfully so, by calling police on them.
Overreaction? Sure. But I don’t feel bad at all for these trashy people. Parents have been raising children, literally, since the beginning of time. 99.9999 percent of parents don’t change their childrens’ diapers where other people are eating coffee cakes and fruit plates. It’s epic entitlement to handle your baby’s shit where other people are eating, drinking and relaxing. “I don’t bring my drinks into the bathroom. I don’t want you to bring your bathroom into the drinks,” as Julie put it. While it was wrong for Starbucks not to have a changing table in the bathroom (it’s unclear why they didn’t), but the only things that prevented the Burgos family from privately changing the diaper someplace more appropriate (like, say, another bathroom with a changing table, or perhaps their car if they have one) are laziness and seflishness.
It’s not as if she was nursing her son in public and getting harassed; they’re the ones in the wrong here, no matter how they try to excuse it. In an interview with KSDK, Ruth Burgos claimed, “As a mother, you have to do what you have to do, wherever you have to do it.” Actually, no. Being a parent doesn’t give you carte blanche to behave any way you want anywhere; she was doing something gross in a public establishment that could affect other people’s health. As a member of society, you’re supposed to adhere to a social code not to cause nuisance to others (either with poopy diapers or with vindictively-poured coffee) when there’s an alternative. Her claim of simply caring for her kid might seem less disingenuous had the dad not poured coffee on the floor in revenge; ultimately, they just seem short-tempered and obnoxious.
But maybe they thought they were in
McDonalds Burger King where the official slogan is “have it your way.”
[Image of diaper via Shutterstock]
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