Dad Posts Photo Of Baby Girl On Dirty Mens Bathroom Floor Sparking Outrage With Explanation
Kristin Danley 6/7/2018
Dad Chris Mau's baby girl needed her diaper changed so he popped into the men's restroom to use one of those changing tables that fold down from the wall. But when he entered the bathroom, he was aghast to find there was no such changing table in the men's restroom.
Many businesses and public places have changing tables in the women's restrooms, albeit not all of them, but none in the men's restrooms. So the 33-year-old dad did what he felt he had to do, which has grossed out thousands of people around the world including him.
Chris laid down his daughter's precious pink towel on the yucky and unsanitary bathroom floor just so he could change Kali's dirty diaper. Then, he took to social media to blast businesses like the one where he was at for not having changing tables in both gender's bathrooms.
"I'm getting pretty sick of having to change my daughter on a disgusting floor because the only changing table in the place is located in the women's bathroom. It's crazy to imagine I know but there are guys who take care of their kids, too ... If it's a public place with public restrooms in the generation of equality among genders and races, then how about making sure us fathers can change our children's diapers on a (expletive) changing table like the mothers can. Am I asking too much?"
Facebook/Chris Boneyard Mau
A lot of people have blasted Chris for changing his daughter on the floor, suggesting he instead should have changed her in his car or on the bathroom counter. He explained that he, his fiance and their three daughters were out for a walk without a car that day, so that wasn't an option.
On this particular outing, Kali decided to fill her diaper and did so directly outside a restaurant with a children's play area. He was encouraged by the location of where she poohed, but not so much with her grumpy attitude from needing to be changed, he told Love What Matters.
"Figuring they must have accommodations for parents to change a diaper, and our older daughters begging to play in the indoor tunnels, we marched in."
When he looked around the bathroom, he discovered no changing table and not enough counter space to get the job done. His options were to leave the play place and make his daughter wait longer to have her diaper changed or just get it done right then and there.
"I was immediately frustrated with the ignorance of the facility and with Kali crying, I had to make the hard choice between either making her wait until we found a facility that had a changing station, or ease her discomfort and change her in the bathroom anyway. The condition of the bathroom was less than sanitary, but the crying of my children eats at the very fiber of my being and I had to help her."
So Chris grabbed a towel from the stroller, laid it out on the hard tile floor and changed her in a bathroom stall, all while his mind "raced at how unnecessary and preventable this entire situation is."
"I felt like they honestly don’t think a father is responsible for diaper changing or whatnot, and I recalled times in the past where we had traveled and run into similar situations where the public restrooms did not have changing stations resulting in the hassle of trying to change a diaper in the car, on a floor or looking for another place to try, hoping they had one."
When Chris finished changing Kali's diaper, she settled down and they left the bathroom to find his fiance Aleasha. She was infuriated by what had transpired and they filed a complaint with the management on their way out of the business.
Facebook/Chris Boneyard Mau
Then, Chris took to social media to express his outrage. His post has since garnered thousands upon thousands of comments and likes.
"I won’t lie, even by the time we made it home I was still angry about the ordeal and made my post on Facebook to vent to my friends (the settings were originally set on private). One of my friends told me that something like this needed to be shared and seen by more than my friends, so I made the post public. Not even 24 hours later, I was dumbfounded to find my vent post had already reached more than 6,000 shares and was increasing by the hundreds! I couldn’t believe it and I still cant… the feedback from other parents all cheering me for bringing the problem all of them had faced at some point in both men’s and women’s bathrooms worldwide!"
Chris discovered that he isn't the only one upset with the lack of appropriate diaper changing facilities at public places and businesses. He and others hope that more businesses will listen to the plight he found himself in and take action to remedy this dilemma at their own establishments.