Mum 'Sorry (Not Sorry)' For Changing Dirty Nappy On Cafe Table
A debate between a new mum and a cafe owner has broken out. What do you think?
By Practical Parenting
November 18 2016
A Brisbane woman has been slammed after she criticised a cafe owner for being annoyed that she changed her baby's nappy on one of the cafe's tables.
The new mum, believed to be Stephanie Plahn, wrote a negative review about Park Bench Espresso after staff were unhappy about her changing her 12-week-old baby on a table in front of customers.
"My baby has been having difficulty breastfeeding and gaining weight so I sat to enjoy my coffee and feed her while there," she wrote.
"She then had a dirty nappy so naturally I go to change it. I put my change mat down to change her so that in this 30 degree heat she doesn't develop a rash sitting in it on our way home.
She added that the waitress gave her "a dirty look and made some comment" as she cleared away her coffee.
The mother then said she approached the manager upon leaving and asked if she had a problem with the baby and her sitting there.
"She said in quite a critical tone, that she didn't think it was appropriate to change my baby there," the review states.
"To this woman and the 2 other customers who made comments regarding this. Mothers don't need your judgment or criticism. We have enough pressure and stress we deal with on a daily basis. We rarely get the opportunity to get out and have a coffee amidst the long list of things we are doing for our families every single day.
"I am sorry (not sorry) you are so terribly offended by a tiny baby's tiny little dirty nappy that you think it necessary to criticise."
But cafe owner, Jocelyn Ridgway, defended herself, saying: "I don't think there is much more to say other than in in the same way you don't expect to have to feed your baby in a toilet, I don't expect people to eat while a nappy is being changed."
She added: "She won't be back as a customer and that's fine."
The post has since gone viral and many have come to the defence of the cafe owner.
"From me to you, one mother to another, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU EVER CHANGE A BABY ON A CAFE TABLE," a mother commented.
Another added: "Seriously, woman changer of nappies on cafe tables! I would NEVER think of doing such a thing. I don't know anyone who would. Changing nappies is not done near food. Ever!"
What do you think? Is it okay to change a baby's nappy on a cafe table?