As I read the article in the Ottawa Citizen (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Adami+Baby+causes+birthday+brouhaha+restaurant/3217883/storyhtml)
this morning I could feel my blood pressure rising. Jackson Gard was barred from entering a restaurant. No he was not causing a ruckus, drunk or disorderly, or trying to panhandle the customers the real issue…he was wearing a diaper.
The restaurant owners claim several reasons for this action;
1. He is not a paying customer , fair but do they charge a chair tax for the Designated Driver who is not partaking in the wine of their bar?
2. There is no room for a high chair/car seat…fine, but what about a person with disabilities, is there room for a wheel chair, what about a walker for one of our aging population or are they barred as well?
3. There is no change table, there is a solution for that, many times I have been in a place where there was no change table and managed to find a solution and no I did not change my babies in the middle of the dining table…what about a wheelchair accessible bathroom?
4. Breastfeeding, Really?, have we not dealt with this issue. In Ontario, women are freely able to bare their breasts in public legally. In a place of business or restaurant a wrap, blankie or nursing cover can be used to cover the dreaded breast so no other human being can be offended.
I think the owners have misses the point on this issue. Mom’s, Aunties, Grandma’s and young women rule the marketing/consumer world. By alienating one of us, you have slighted many. Customers no matter what their size are always right. This is something that I do believe with come back to haunt this establishment. As I prepare for a summer of playing tour guide to many friends, relatives in the Glebe, no reservations will be required for Taylor’s Genuine Wine and Food Bar.
This is my personal opinion.