Mother causes a stink after nappy-changing incident outside cafe
A DEBATE was sparked after a shocked mother claimed she was humiliated when a café owner confronted her for changing her son’s nappy in an outside seating area.
Dion Skull, 31, was at Rokers’ Farmhouse Cafe in Worplesdon with her one-year-old twins and she said they told to leave. The incident sparked an online debate about the appropriate place to change nappies, with readers taking sides.
The restaurant has since spoken out and stated the manager a ‘quiet word’ with Mrs Skull after customers complained about the smell.
Mrs Skull said she was unable to fit her pushchair in the baby changing facilities and was left feeling embarrassed, humiliated and distressed after being confronted by the manager.
She said: “When I got there one of the boys had gone to the toilet. He has chicken pox, which was why we were sitting outside. I couldn’t leave him in a soiled nappy.
“My other son has separation anxiety and I only briefly knew the mums I was having lunch with so didn’t want to leave him on his own.
“The manager said she had customers complain and say they were never going to come again because I had changed my boy’s nappy outside.”
However, Farmhouse Café stated on its Facebook page: “We are so grateful for all the support over the last few days. We are, of course, sorry that one of our customers has been upset. However, we fully support our manager, who works tirelessly to make the cafe a pleasant place for all of our customers (parents and non-parents alike).
“If a dirty nappy is being changed in our outside seating area where customers are dining, we feel it appropriate to have a quiet word.”
Other customers who saw the alleged confrontation have spoken out in defence of the café manager.
Kevin Pearce, 45, said: “I was out for a meal in the afternoon and went inside and there was a really foul smell of poo.
“We went outside and realised the smell was outside and was coming in through in through the restaurant.”
Following our report, readers were divided in opinion on the issue, with some stating the café manager’s reaction was unfair while others said Mrs Skull was being unhygienic.