September 20, 2015

Restaurant offends mommy blogger: Let the social media lynching begin!

David MenziesMission Specialist

Apparently, running a successful, profitable restaurant isn't challenging enough.

This is a business that is capital and labour intensive, in addition to being very vulnerable to bad PR. That's why 80% of restaurants fail within the first three years of opening.

Now, after one restaurant failed to accommodate her need for a changing table, a mommy blogger is demanding that the provincial government pass a law making it mandatory for all businesses open to the public to provide a diaper changing area.

Is it fair to ask how millions of mothers have coped all these years without public changing tables? Probably not.

Dining table or changing table? Who wins?

Let us know what you think in the comments.


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commented 2015-09-27 09:40:43 -0400
I am a former restaurant owner and Bill – you are 100% right. There are establishments that are set up for kids and families (Kelseys, Caseys, etc) and patrons need to accept that their will be screaming kids running around. If I were having a romantic dinner with my wife at say Canoe DT Toronto, I would be pretty offended if a mom started changing a diaper on the next table. This mom is a bit to heliocentric for me. If this isn’t the right place for you and your new born – don’t go back.
As a parent, I remember taking my young kids to different restaurants – some made it easy and we would go back. Some not so much and we knew not to take our kids there. No sweat. Doesn’t she have bigger issues to contend with? Like what type of diaper cream to use for a bad rash?
commented 2015-09-21 18:23:33 -0400
Bill, you suggest posting signs outside of the restaurant whether there’s a diaper station or not. I say simply put out a sign with clear directions, perhaps a map, to the nearest McDonalds that features a play area, maybe parents would get the hint without the owner being accused of discrimination.

On a side note: I don’t know about you but I am tired of parents dragging their brats that refuse to stay quiet or sit still to a restaurant, it ruins it for others that want a nice evening out. There’s a reason they have McDonalds with play areas and meals that comes with a toy.
commented 2015-09-21 15:59:37 -0400
i suspect she would change her diaper in her eating area
commented 2015-09-21 13:30:19 -0400
Post signs outside the restaurant as to whether or not diaper stations are available and let the patrons decide if they want to eat there. It is an almost impossible task for any business to survive in Ontario with all the new & useless regulations imposed by the Mcguinty-Wynne liberals. Let common sense prevail. Oh, that’s right, there is no such thing anymore.
commented 2015-09-21 08:34:51 -0400
I clicked “post” too quickly. If she cannot learn to respect the rights of others in public, then the privilege of service in public eateries should not be expected. In other words, she’s not welcome in small restaurants, and they should be able to refuse her service as a public health risk without any legal risks to themselves.
commented 2015-09-21 08:31:36 -0400
CB – the restaurant owner is out the cost of the food prepared and the chefs/servers time. To me, it is a dine-and-dash regardless of whether she ate because she incurred costs. She also risked his licence to serve food.
Rights come with responsibilities. I think that the other patrons rights to reasonably expect that they not be exposed to crap (sight, smell, possibly sounds since a baby is involved) trumps her right to a convenient change. But she doesn’t seem to be interested in whether others have rights, only her and her precious darling. As such, I’m of the opinion that she should have curtailed rights until such time as she learns to play well with others.
commented 2015-09-21 08:24:14 -0400
I think the point of this column by the Rebel was not as much to point out the actions/inactions of the restaurant owner to provide a changing table, but that it was taken to social media in attempt to “lynch” the restaurant, to shut it down.

i.e. A bit of an over reaction to a minor infraction on the restaurant owner’s part and the dangers of possibly destroying one’s livelihood because for what, a misspoken phrase, the lack of a change table?. The article, in my opinion, was about that.
commented 2015-09-21 03:00:32 -0400
Hey Menzoid. This is completely off topic. Think you could head to the voting booth this fall wearing a balaclava? I am so curious what they would say it is killing me! LOL
commented 2015-09-20 23:25:32 -0400
Hyachinth – not thinned skinned. I simply don’t feel very badly for either the restaurant or the mother and I think The Rebel could have created a a better satire piece on another subject matter.

Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years, I feel it’s the restaurant’s job to understand the world around it and to prevent its own bad PR. The way Mr. Menzies made the restaurant out to be a big victim in all of this is obnoxious to me.

The mother shouldn’t have changed her baby on the table, because that is disgusting; however, if accessibility is a priority to our society (which it appears to be) then, yes, she is right in that change tables should make the list of accommodations.
commented 2015-09-20 23:16:32 -0400
This is what you get when society no longer keeps score in kids sports, doesn’t want to grade students, hold back over-achievers, refuse to use “tough love” etc, all in fear of “hurting their esteem”. Of course, the Lefty’s, suffering from “backwards brain”, get it, well – backwards. Self esteem is like the immune system, the body needs exposure to bad stuff to develop. Fail often and early, is the correct attitude. Problem is, now we have an entire generation of spoiled brats. If I were the restauranteur, I’d press charges (post it on her facebook page), then sue her in small claims for damages.
commented 2015-09-20 23:02:34 -0400
Is it considered dining and dashing if you leave before the order arrives? From what I understand, the goods hadn’t been delivered?
commented 2015-09-20 23:00:43 -0400
Had a good chuckle reading your comments. Lady stop your whining & get a life. It’s not winter, you could have gone to your car. It’s all about me, me, me & my rights & by golly if I’m not accommodated the whole world will know about it. Funny, she didn’t have any qualms about not paying her bill. Next time, maybe she can call ahead to find out if there is a change table in the building.
commented 2015-09-20 22:48:53 -0400
“… however this video is obnoxious and some of the comments rather ignorant. I feel there are better uses of The Rebel’s limited resources than creating posts like this one.” Thin skinned?
commented 2015-09-20 22:47:18 -0400
Excellent question:
Guy Fraser
“Now that she has admitted to dine and dash, why have the police not arrested her?”

Rick Plesnik
“Liberty Rodent said: “Who does she think she is. Screw her!” Therein lies part of the problem. Someone did, hence the child!”

If she went to McDonalds she wouldn’t have had a soap box to jump up and down on. Come to think of it, a person like that would find fault even with a restaurant that caters to kids.
commented 2015-09-20 22:23:31 -0400
I enjoy The Rebel and reading the comments of posters; however this video is obnoxious and some of the comments rather ignorant. I feel there are better uses of The Rebel’s limited resources than creating posts like this one.

I do not agree with changing a child on a table (how gross), but I do agree that efforts should be made to make change tables available in public places. I’ve been in plenty of washrooms of small establishments with inexpensive change tables available. If space in the washroom is an issue, there are portable, folding change tables on the market that establishments could make available upon request.

Children are not unlike some disabled people in terms of needs and, therefore, I agree that as society tries to make communities more accessible to those with disabilities, accessibility should be offered to children as well. Changing a baby on the floor of the washroom isn’t a very sanitary option for either the baby or parent (I am certainly not interested in kneeling on the floor of a public washroom). Further, changing a baby in a vehicle isn’t always feasible, especially in cold climates.
commented 2015-09-20 21:26:41 -0400
It would be interesting to see, over the coming years, if the baby turns out to be a bigger spoiled brat than it’s Mother already is.
commented 2015-09-20 20:41:52 -0400
Post a picture of her at every eating establishment within a hundred miles barring her entry. With a note that she dines and dashes plus leaves shit behind.
commented 2015-09-20 20:41:25 -0400
More of the “selfie” generation who are extremely thin skinned and very rude and very demanding and very petulant and who like to hurt and try to destroy people like the pizza restaurant owner in Indiana who simply said in a hypothetical situation he would not cater a gay wedding if asked. Not long ago, I read a report about how many universities in the United States now have “safe spaces” where students who feel they have been harassed or that they have been subjected to racism or sexism or homophobia. These safe spaces are often equipped with cookies, colouring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and videos of frolicking puppies. Really makes you want to both laugh and really be concerned at the same time.
commented 2015-09-20 20:38:37 -0400
The Liberal election platform is …..wait for it…….REAL CHANGE…………:-)
commented 2015-09-20 20:20:25 -0400
Much Ado About Nothing.
commented 2015-09-20 20:15:18 -0400
My sympathy is with the restaurant owner…
commented 2015-09-20 20:09:38 -0400
Sounds to me like a novel, but convoluted idea for a D & D, that went kinda wrong…silly liberal narcissist.
commented 2015-09-20 19:15:28 -0400
Prior to having her baby, I would bet dollars to donuts, this woman would have been the first to call the board of health if she walked into a restaurant and saw someone doing what she did.
commented 2015-09-20 18:52:08 -0400
Too many people want the majority to accommodate them. What will the human race do when they find out they have to make their own way or die? In modern times 95% will give up and die. What ever happened to human independence and pride. Pathetic.
commented 2015-09-20 18:21:25 -0400
All diaper bags come with an article called a change pad for use when change tables aren’t available, thus avoiding putting baby directly on the floor or grass or?? for heaven sake, this “me, me, me” crap has got to stop…not everything revolves around you. AND if this is a high end restaurant after the hours of 8:00. and you can afford to eat there. get a babysitter, like I did, or your parents and grandparents… GROW UP!
commented 2015-09-20 18:14:22 -0400
Yeah you go girl. OBVIOUSLY there aren’t ANY more important issues in this world. You gotta be kidding me…
commented 2015-09-20 18:11:02 -0400
I bet this restaurant will boom after her rant.
commented 2015-09-20 18:06:18 -0400
Oh c’mon Candice, don’t stop there. Why not also demand the additional option of gender-neutral baby change stations, just in case you haven’t yet convinced which part of the BLT community your baby belongs to. After all, as you say yourself “we are a society where accessibility for all patrons is valued”.

Actually, to some degree I’m sympathetic to folks who are out with their babies and are sometimes hard pressed, at short notice, to find ideal conditions in which to clean up the inevitable mess. The moment can’t be scheduled. You may not have got to where you are by car. You can tell the baby to hold it in or that it should have “gone” before leaving home, but do they ever listen? My kids didn’t.
commented 2015-09-20 18:01:06 -0400
Mommy should learn to cook at home..
commented 2015-09-20 17:58:34 -0400
Candice Pouliotte was probably only looking for such an opportunity as she achieved. It had nothing to do with mother’s rights or baby’s rights…if diaper changing on a table is a right. It only had to do with Candice’s self-absorbed megalomania, with a hope of gaining money with notoriety, since it will only be a matter of time before it hits the HRC. She, along with all her ilk, are pure, unadulterated phonies.

Side bar…I wonder what she and other useless city mothers would do if they had to change a diaper in the bush…sue the First Nation traditionally responsible, sue the Crown for non-Indian traditional land, sue Parks Canada for not having change tables half-way along a path. City women pitiful be.