Video: Alex and Ruth Burgos face cops after diaper change at Starbucks

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Is changing a diaper in public a criminal offense?

This question arises in relation to a recent incident involving Alex and Ruth Burgos, who had to face questions from police after an incident that followed their decision to change their baby's diaper in the public area of a Denver Starbucks.

Is Starbucks the villain in this scenario? Not according to plenty of folks responding to the Burgos's tale on social media.

As noted by 9News, Alex and Ruth were at an East 49th Avenue Starbucks on a Friday evening when their one-year-old-son Thiago needed a diaper swap. There were no changing tables in the restroom, so Ruth took on this task in the main area of the coffeehouse.

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Inside the Starbucks.
While this was going on, the couple say a Starbucks employee tossed a rag in their direction and said to clean up afterward in what Alex took to be a belittling tone. Angry words followed, along with Alex dumping some coffee on the floor -- at which point the police were called.

No arrests were made in the incident, and Starbucks has offered an apology to the Burgoses. But when 9News posted the story on its Facebook page, the reaction was considerably more negative toward mom and dad than the coffee shop. Here's a sampling:

That is DISGUSTING. Why couldn't she just leave the Starbucks and change her child in her car?! Or perhaps be more prepared with a changing pad she could put down in the bathroom? Or do ANYTHING other than change her child's DIAPER in a room where people are EATING?! Ugh. People.

Appropriate? No. Sorry. Not appropriate to change a diaper where food/drinks are being served. Only a lazy/rude person would. Go to the car.

We live in a "I can do what I what" world. Screw everyone around me because I am the most important person that is walking the earth. Come on people. There is a time and place for things and changing dipers in the middle of ANY store is wrong. If you can't figure that out then are you sure you're smart enough to parent?

I have two kids and a third on the way. I've been in plenty of places with no changing table and I've always been able to do it on the floor or next to the sink. I would never change a #2 in a place that serves food, right there in front of everyone. #1, sure, who cares, but a #2 is just rude for the other customers.

That is gross. That is selfish. I am a dad, I have a 11 month old, so I still change a lot of diapers, I would never be so self serving as to change a dirty diaper on a table at eating level with the rest of the people around. You can not give me any good excuse. i don't care if there is no car to go to, and yes if you do have one you go to the car lazy - if you have no car you lay down a changing pad or blanket in the restroom or out on a area outside that is safe and do it there. No excuse. Should it be standard that the restrooms for public use be equipped with a fold out changing table, yeah sure. But to say that that is a reason to disturb other patrons with a view of feces and urine, not to mention the possible smell, while eating, on a table, in the mix of food and drink, is disgusting. What if the baby had started peeing or started playing with its poo like so many will do at certain ages? What would she do then to keep the other people from having their paid for private time from being ruined? We really have become a entitled society who thinks too much about our own easiness before the peace of others. It is just silly!!!

It gets me how "Entitled" many parents seem to feel and almost like its their RIGHT to do whatever THEY think is ok and must simply be accepted by everyone else. It's not ok, the rest of us have rights too and that includes the right to a clean, feces exposure free, food and drink establishment.

Probably not the response they were expecting. Here's the 9News video:

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adarc
adarc

Absolutely disgusting. There is NO need to change your baby where other people are eating. It is at the very least a health code violation.

muneca
muneca

I have a portable

muneca
muneca

I have a portable changing pad I carry everywhere and it is washable.. I buy one as a gift for every mom to be I know cause it is the best thingamajig in the world for a mommy.. BECUUUUUUZZZZ IT'S RUDE, INCONSIDERATE AND JUST PLAIN FILTHY TO CHANGE YOUR KIDS SHITTY ASS IN VIEW OF THE PUBLIC NOT TO MENTION IN A F*&^CKEN COFFEE SHOP.... THESE PEOPLE ARE CLASSLESS AND I can't help of that old saying "Were you raised in a barn? Than why are you acting like an animal? FUNKY FUNKY FUNKY-

I love my baby, but her shit stinks to high heaven and if I gag I know no one on this planet cares to catch a whiff-

BTW I breast feed too, and while we are on the subject.. carry a blanket, I do. A lil burper will work.. SHUT THE F*&K UP LA LECHE no one wants to see your saggy stretch marked tit while you play National Geographic.

It's called common courtesy.

Jfoej
Jfoej

I was sitting at a table a while ago, eating, when a mom suddenly lays down a blanket right next to me on the floor, puts a baby on the blanket and starts working with the dirty diaper. First I thought I was on some hidden camera show and then I lost it, I snapped. What a f-ing dirty bitch, and I told her that + a couple of other things. Its just unbelivebal, who does that??  They have a kid and suddenly it`s like their brains dont work anymore.

Jfoej
Jfoej

Unbelivebal, they start working on a shitfilled diaper in public and everyone else should just accept that?  I would have banned them from the place, lifetime ban. What is it with parents, is there a switch in their heads that turns off the moment the kid slides out? I`ve seen parents do unbelivebal things because, well, they are parents. If anyone sees me changing a dirty diaper in a resturant or something please, oh please put me out of my misery right away, I have then completly lost my mind. And you parenst out there, go home, just go home, why are you even out in public? You have a kid, stay home and  do whatever you have to do but for gods sake, just stay home.

Jerepa
Jerepa

Eww!! These people shouldn't be allowed to procreate. You Do Not change a diaper in a food/drink establishment. It's a sanitary hazard and just plain disgusting. Starbucks should not have offered an apology to that trashy couple. They don't need those type of people patronizing their business.

JohnsonJones
JohnsonJones

Filthy and disgusting parents!!  Trash!! 

Christopher Paul
Christopher Paul

Let's not forget that Mr. Douche threw his large coffee on the floor like a child. What kind of person does that? Idiocracy is real! These people are scumbags.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

But Ben, remember... the world isn't here to care for your baby. You chose to have it, you deal with it. Not to mention how, looking at issues related to overpopulation and resource consumption, absolutely selfish and inconsiderate you and your wife/gf/whoever it was you knocked up are. Pretty rude, I'd say.

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

You mean people do realize that its child abuse to leave a kid in a shitty diaper? I worked in fast food for 10 years and I faced all manner of rude parents putting their kids up on the counter etc. However, as a parent, I could not give two shits what a bunch of morons with access to keyboards think. If my baby is covered in poop and your establishment has not spent the 40 bucks it cost to put in a changing table, then too bad. At the same time if it had been me, there would have been an arrest. If some snot nosed little prick barista threw a dirty restaurant rag at my wife while she is changing our daughters diaper I would have pissed on the floor and then wiped it up with his face.

Chriss Hoffman
Chriss Hoffman

What a couple of narcissists, they should get a couple of hundred hours of community service to knock them off that pedestal they think they are entitled to stand on.

Kevin Disney
Kevin Disney

disgusting, unsanitary, and just downright rude...not to mention extremely selfish..."me me me me me...the world must cater to me" is an all too common way of thinking these days...

Mista D'Mac
Mista D'Mac

The parents should have been better prepared when leaving the house. Take your kid to the restroom and use a changing pad next time or take him to the car.

Miles Collins
Miles Collins

Also, if I were in a starbucks with a caretaker of someone wh is elderly and had to wear diapers, and that caretaker were to change that elderly person's diaper at one of the tables at starbucks, I'm pretty sure they'd be arrested...only difference in those situations is size and age of person being changed.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

She was wrong its not on Starbucks to provide a changing table.

papro_44
papro_44

"I hope other families don't get treated the way we did" ?????? REALLY????   I doubt they will honey..  MOST other families have enough respect for those around them to NOT change their kids shty diapers in a PUBLIC DINING AREA!!!!  Hey, here's an idea... next time DO IT IN YOUR CAR!!!   You ignorant _____ !  Count your blessings that I  wasn't in that Starbucks sitting at a nearby table!!   Seriously!! Someone would have gone to jail.   And SHAME on Starbucks for apologizing!!!!! 

Ross Brasher
Ross Brasher

Parents of young kids are some of the most inconsiderate people. I work at a restaurant and I've had someone ask if they could change their baby in the booth. My response, "I can't stop you." It was the nicest way I could duck the question. Parents of small children seldom tip well, usually leave an insane mess, and are often picky as hell. Parents, STAY HOME WITH YOUR STUPID BABY... Nobody wants the noise, the smell, or the hassle.

Marc LaDoucieur
Marc LaDoucieur

I don't think it's a criminal offense, but if I were walking down the street by their house and desperately needed to take a dump, do you think they'd mind if I knocked on their door to ask if I can take a shit in their house?

Miles Collins
Miles Collins

Validating DonkeyHotay with a "Top Commenter" pin is the main reason why I actually wouldn't read the comments on any story on Westword. WW, you need to perma-ban that guy already.

Harusami Is
Harusami Is

People should be licensed to reproduce. Idiots.

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

uhhh...why dont you go fuck yourself dipshit....

Betty Crist
Betty Crist

And then there was the woman who had her child use its' potty in a restaurant as the child was being potty trained. Inappropriate and disgusting. To say nothing of violating most public health codes....

Lora Powers
Lora Powers

Blowing your nose changing a baby at the table just gross gross gross .Stay home if you can't act right.

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

thats disgusting. some people are totally trashy. They have restrooms for that reason, or hell go to your car. Just because you have a damn kid doesnt mean you're entitled to act like s total SLOB. gross

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Get it out, Shawn. Get it alll out..

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Thin slobs wouldn't do this, huh? And you are the sperm that made it... Amazing.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

I didn't say I did it, Candie. I just think it's fine if they can serve families but not provide appropriate facilities for them. And it has nothing to do with "entitlement". Judgmental people, sheesh.

Amanda Simpson
Amanda Simpson

Would you blow your nose at the table? Then, why change a diaper? Kinda gross and rude.

John Martinez
John Martinez

After working 25 years in retail- people will do whatever they wish to do because people think you owe them for doing business with you.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Natasha, then you have zero respect for those around you. These "facilities" weren't even provided until a few decades ago and responsible parents found private places to dispose of their childrens' waste. Those who refuse to do this are entitled.

Danny Ferguson
Danny Ferguson

They were just rude and uncaring about anyone but themselves. They should apologize to Starbucks!

Sheena Wallace
Sheena Wallace

Disgusting!! Have some respect and go to your car at least!

adarc
adarc

@Ben Beeby 

I am a parent too - and was nanny for years before that, but I have never once changed my child's diaper somewhere where everyone else was eating their food. That is unsanitary and just plain foul. As a parent it is YOUR job to bring along the necessary tools to successfully change a diaper. Diapers, wipes, and something to change the kid on. Public diaper changing stations didn't exist 16 years ago when I had my first kid, so I always brought a disposable tablecloth - to lay under the kid on the floor ofthe bathroom, and then throw away.

BTW - lots of places near here now forbid parents from leaving dirty dipes in the trash in public buildings, so be prepared to pack it out with you!

muneca
muneca

I it's great you don't leave your child in their shit, it's unfortunate your 2 kids will grow to do whatever they want whenever they want where they want and then argue some lame point to justify their inconsiderate behavior. Instead of expecting Starbucks to provide for your kids why don't you? ooohhhh because you're entitled. And you see a person holding a job, earning an honest wage as a snot nose. I can tell you're far above a snot nose, that's obvious by the comment about whipping out your lil peepee and pissing on the floor. ugh, sad your poor kids don't stand a chance.

Jfoej
Jfoej

@Ben Beeby ""  If my baby is covered in poop and your establishment has not spent the 40 bucks it cost to put in a changing table, then too bad"".  No, then you go home you filthy moron. I dont know whats wrong with parents but your kid shitting himself is your problem, go home an deal with it. Why are you even out in public with a kid that shits himself?? It`s riddicolopus, please dont have any more kids, the res of us dont need this shit.

papro_44
papro_44

@Ben Beeby Take the rug rat outside and change him/her (it) in your F'N car! Civilized people do not change their kids crappy diapers at the table in restaurants You mention morons with keyboards, well the flip side of that is morons with genitalia that breed  and spit out babies while they  have the mentality of a 12 year old! 

adarc
adarc

@Ross Brasher 

I have two kids, and have never left my server with a mess, (one time even asked for mop after my kid dropped his milk cup)  and several times, when they were young, and would lose. I ate my dinner in the car with them to show them that only nice, happy kids can stay in the restaurant. No one should have to clean up after my kid for tips.

adarc
adarc

@Marc LaDoucieur 

Mark if you lived in Boston, and it were Marathon day, or St Patty's day, you can do it right on their lawn.

adarc
adarc

@Betty Crist 

Ohh I remember that  story- it is just disgusting. I had neighbor who would carry around her kid's potty seat in their diaper bag "so they wouldn't get germs" from sitting directly on public toilet seats- of course she'd plop that potty seat down on any toilet without wiping it off first, and then pop that dirty potty seat back in to her diaper bag and carry it around with her. Filthy.

adarc
adarc

@Danny Ferguson 

And everyone else in the restaurant.

Jfoej
Jfoej

""then too bad. At the same time if it had been me, there would have been an arrest. If some snot nosed little prick barista threw a dirty restaurant rag at my wife while she is changing our daughters diaper I would have pissed on the floor and then wiped it up with his face.""

  Seriously, you`re worse then a pig. This is the filthiest and dumbest thing I`ve read today. If your wife starts juggling shitty diapers in a coffee shop then your wife is a moron and anyone throwing dirty rags at her is doing the right thing. Personally, I`d throw a chair to get you the F out of there.

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