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Mom Kicked Out of Restaurant for Changing Diaper

Mom gets kicked out of Texas restaurant for changing baby's diaper
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Here to kick off your Monday is some ridiculous news out of a town called Spring, Texas. Last week, while dining with her kids at a local pizza joint, a mom of three was apparently given the boot — for changing her baby's diaper while she was there.

But before that news sends you into a tailspin, there is one more piece of the story you should know: She changed the baby's diaper right at her table. (Yes, we know, not exactly on par with health code standards, nor what you wish to see while digging into your large cheese pie.) Here's the thing, though — not only did she claim no diners were within view of the quick change, but there were also no other place the mom could change her baby. Miranda Sowers says she looked everywhere, but there weren't any changing tables in the bathroom or other clean places to lay her little four-month-old down. To make matters even more stressful, she was there by herself, with no one else to watch her other two kids — who are four and eight — and she didn't exactly want to trek the group back to her minivan mid-meal to change the baby.

So as she later told KHOU, Sowers decided to go with her last resort option: she went into Operation Stealth Diaper Change, and changed her baby right on the chair beside her.

"I thought, you know what, I've got my own changing pad, she's tiny, she fits right here on the chair," she told the outlet. "So I laid her down quickly and quietly changed her diaper."

But according to the manager of Brother's Pizza Express, it wasn't quick or quiet. The next thing Sowers knew, she was getting her food handed to her in a doggy bag and asked to leave.

"As soon as you start opening the diaper, people start complaining about the smell of the diaper," said manager Donny Lala, whose family also owns the restaurant. "Last thing I want is a customer throwing up."

"How would you feel?" Donny's sister Bessa asked a reporter for KHOU. "You're sitting there eating. I don't want to lose all these other customers because they see a dirty diaper."

Hmmm, while the length (and loudness) of the diaper change is clearly up for debate, we definitely admit that the stench of baby poop next to you isn't exactly appetizing. Still, let's not lose sight of the real issue here: Why weren't there any changing tables?!

What do you think of this story? Was the restaurant out of line or well within its rights?

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