Restaurant tosses mom for changing baby’s dirty diaper at dinner table

HOUSTON, Texas — A Texas mother said she was kicked out of a restaurant after she changed her baby at the table. Miranda Sowers said she made the decision to do the deed at the table because there was no changing table in the bathroom.

“I looked around and saw there was absolutely nowhere to lay a baby other than the floor,” Sowers, a mother of four said. “So I walked back out and thought I have to figure something else out.”

Sowers said she could have taken the entire family back to the minivan to change the baby’s diaper, but decided the table was the best choice for her family.

Miranda Sowers and two of her children.

Miranda Sowers and two of her children.

“I thought, you know what, I’ve got my own changing pad, she’s tiny, she fits right here on the chair. So I laid her down quickly quietly changed her diaper,” she said.

But restaurant workers said the process was neither quick, nor quiet.

One customer sitting close to the family sent a text about what was going on.

One customer sitting close to the family sent a text about what was going on.

“I don’t want to lose all these other customers because they see a dirty diaper,” Brother’s Pizza Express owner Bessa Lala said.

Lala said customers were complaining.

“As soon as you start opening the diaper people start complaining about the smell of the diaper. The last thing I want is a customer throwing up,” Brother’s Pizza Express owner Donny Lala said.

"The last thing I want is a customer throwing up," Brother's Pizza Express owner Donny Lala said.

“The last thing I want is a customer throwing up,” Brother’s Pizza Express owner Donny Lala said.

Sowers said no one saw her change the diaper. She said they were given their food in to-go boxes and asked to leave.

“I had to carry it out with a big giant diaper bag and a baby in a carseat,” she said.

Sowers filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. The owners of Brother’s Pizza Express stand by their decision.

41 comments

  • Angela

    Wow! I have children but I agree with the restaurant 100 percent. She said herself she could have went to her vehicle but didnt and if the bathroom had no changing table she again said herself she had a changing pad to lay the baby on. Sounds to me she was just lazy and I would have never done that no matter how much easier it was it was rude!

  • John

    She can’t change a baby on a table where people are going to eat! That is just disgusting, would you eat off the toilet? Should they have a changing table in the restroom, probably so, but who thinks it’s a good idea to change a diaper on a table where people eat!

  • Kara

    I don’t believe she changed the diaper ON the table… but while she was AT the table, she changed the baby on the chair. Either way, it would’ve been a better choice for her to take her family back out to the car to change the baby & then go back in to eat.

  • John

    The restaurant needs to install changing tables in their restroom(s) However, I’ve got to side with the restaurant – she should have gone out to the car despite the inconvenience. I’m sure she was violating some sort of health code. That’s really pretty gross – at the table. Or ask for help – someone at the restaurant could’ve watched the other children for the 5 minutes it would have taken the mom to go out to the car.

  • sw

    Go to your car. That is disgusting. I have 5 children and that was before there were changing tables in the bathrooms. You came in a car so use it to change the baby’s diaper.

    • sw

      Many small businesses around here do not have the changing tables. They are probably expensive and the bathrooms are probably much smaller than a normal chain. She had some nerve reporting this man’s business. If she is too stupid to realize what she did was beyond wrong then she needs some serious help.

  • IC

    Nationwide Health Departments perform Restaurant Inspections to ensure safety, cleanliness,
    and health standards. Would this behavior pass established, regulated, inspection standards?
    This appears to be a wire service feed from Texas, gone Nationwide, in another Media Campaign, using sensationalism, feelings, emoting, and entitlements’ exception to every rule.

  • P. Becker

    100% agree with the restaurant owners. Yes, they should have a changing table in the bathroom- but changing a baby at a table on a chair that people have to sit in to eat is both unsanitary and just plain disgusting.

  • Ron Melancon

    Stupid mom. Even we had the respect to do this in our mini van. Yes stupid mom simply go into your own car and do the diaper change in the car. What you did was ruin the dinner of other people.

    • B Addy

      Most people would love to have W back now after the debacle in office now.
      But the health dept probably sides with the restaurant owner as well.

  • Southern Gent

    How about just slipping outside to the car to do this?
    Agree with Robbie, it is in Texas, not a surprise. OK a generalization, not everyone is stupid in Texas….but it is quite backward x for Austin

  • Gail

    How stupid can this woman be!!! That was no place for this sort of thing! She could have gone back to her car. The dinner table-especially one in a restaurant-is far from the place to change a child’s diaper!

  • Debbie

    That is just crazy!! What person in their right mind does this?? Did she take all the kids into the restroom with her or did she leave them at the table then? Stay home people if you don’t have any consideration for other people!! People want to go out and eat to enjoy their meal and not have to see or smell a diaper being changed. And they also don’t want to have to listen to crying kids or ones that don’t know how to behave when in public!! Home training begins at home people!!

  • Estelle

    I wouldn’t have wanted to smell a dirty diaper while I was eating either. But how about putting a changing table in the bathroom. It was probably difficult enough for mom to get the family into the place. Now you want her to pick them all up and take them out to change a diaper? It’s a tiny baby, for GOD’s sake! Have some compassion please.

  • Molly

    The restaurant should have had a changing table in the restroom even if it was a small table. Shame on them for not having one. I would have done the same thing . I’m sure she did it in the chair and not the table. I would sue the company. The rest of y’all would probably be outraged if she had breastfed the baby too. Shame on y’all.

    • Tim

      First of all, it is you, there is no such word as y’all. Secondly, people go to restaurants to eat food, not smell a crappy diaper. Get some class !!

      • Ron Melancon

        To the stupid and careless mother back 25 years ago people had class and changed the stupid and smelly diaper in the car. They didn’t demand changing tables. Besides people today trash them they break them and the restaurants work on a small profit margin they can’t afford to keep buying changing tables that people break

  • Belsma

    Perhaps if she is going to take her children out she she call and make sure they are completely child/baby friendly and ask if they have a changing table in the bathroom.

  • Lee

    You guys are idiots. I would have done the same thing. Or would you guys prefer a blow out with shit all over those chairs that every must be eating off of?

  • Monica

    Wow. You people are cruel. Some of the comments on here are pretty bad. Get some class and then maybe a life.

  • India

    a boss mom would have put tp on the toilet seat, sat down, put the changing pad on her lap, changed the baby and went back to the table, ijs

  • That's disgusting..

    She definitely should NOT has changed her baby at the table. That’s just ridiculous. Super classy.. Do the right thing lady.. You had to have known it was inappropriate.

  • Tbentson

    Yes, it would have been more customer friendly to have a changing table in the bathroom. But when I was raising my kids (now 19 & 22),that luxury did not exist: my girlfriends and I changed the babies in the restrooms on our laps, across the sinks, or yes, even back in the car. Inconvenience is not an excuse for open and notorious inconsideration to everyone else. And in keeping with nice behavior,tottering let’ all express our opinions respectfully to one another.

  • Carrie

    Timmy you are an ignorant man. There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public as long as the woman is covered. And to make fun of the appearance of small children is disgusting. You are what is wrong with this looks obsessed society. Im sure you are single.

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