Reader: Diapering a baby in a restaurant's eating area is okay if there's no changing table

Some topics strike a nerve -- which explains why our post about a dispute involving Alex and Ruth Burgos, who changed their baby in the main section of a Starbucks, is still collecting comments a month after it was published.

Here's an exchange representing opposite points of view.

Natasha Schwertley writes:

I have no issues with this. If a place will take their money, they should provide appropriate facilities. If they don't, I have no issue with them using the booth or chair. I am a mother and understand that babies have normal human bodies.

adarc writes:

When my daughter was born 16 years ago, there was no such thing as a public baby changing station. You took your diaper pad (in my case I chose to use a disposable table cloth) and went to the bathroom and changed that baby on the floor.

Changing a baby where food is served violates every health code there is. If you can't find somewhere else to change your baby beside the table at a restaurant or the booth, please stay home until they are toilet trained.

Please try to understand that we ALL have normal human bodies, and your child's fecal matter can transmit disease and parasites to the next people who sit at the table.

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