Mother causes a stink af­ter nappy-chang­ing in­ci­dent out­side cafe

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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.

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