On Tuesday, April 11th I visited this buffet with my husband and two daughters, ages nearly 7 and nearly 7 months. I, a very exhausted mother, was trying to eat and take a much needed break while my husband played point for a bit. We are native Pennsylvanians currently living 3,000 miles away in Europe, and so our travel had been draining.
I think the array of dishes offered at this restaurant is impressive but given that the place was quite empty, I wonder how it is cost effective to have so much and I wonder a little how old the food might be. That being said, that is not the crux of my complaint.
When our baby daughter needed a diaper change, my husband went up with the diapering equipment and asked where the restroom was. Our waitress and the manager were sitting at a nearby table going over some business papers (it looked) and talking.
After my husband asked his question, they pointed in the direction of the restrooms, but then said, with a big smile, "The men's room does not have a changing table."
My husband said to them, "You really need to have a changing table in both restrooms."
They seemed to think this was highly amusing and looked at me judgmentally, who was trying to eat some of her meal without near constant interruption from our elder daughter. I got up, after what must have been the millionth interruption in my failure to actually eat the meal I was paying for looked at them and said, "You know, it is 2017. Both fathers and mothers care for children. You DO need to address that. It is sexist. " They smirked at me. Afterwards, I caught them giggling and whispering to some other waiters.
A diaper changing station costs a whopping $100-150 dollars (an easy, low-cost investment for a business) and can be easily installed in both restrooms which are spacious enough. May I ask what my husband would have been expected to do if he was alone with our kids? Or if there were two fathers instead? This is why you equip both bathrooms!
If you are a parent who is tired of this crap, tired of being a father forced to change children on the floor of the men's room and tired of being a mother who is unable to divide child care up equally because of these dinosaurs stuck in sexist ways, who then even insult their customers to top it all off, spend your money elsewhere. They won't get the picture otherwise. How a family divides up childcare is not their concern. We won't be back and we are sharing this experience far and wide.
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