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farside1

  12 months ago

Father abused for having baby daughter in parents changing room in Auckland mall.
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A dad was left shocked after being shouted at by a woman who told him to leave the parents' changing rooms with his baby daughter. Josh Anderson took his five-month-old daughter Vienna to the parents' room in Westfield Manukau City on Saturday when he was told the changing rooms were just for women. "I took my daughter to the parents' bathroom. When I was in there, a lady and her son were knocking on the door," he told Newshub. "I opened the door and the lady looked shocked I was in there and abused me for using it." In fact the sign may show a woman, but it actually SAYS 'parent' and Westfield says its parents' rooms are for all parents, carers and guardians. How do you feel about this? Do you think a male should be allowed in, (Yes, IMO) and do you think this woman had any right to abuse a good father doing his job? If you'd been present would you have stepped in and corrected her?
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sharlanemundt

  12 months ago
It's a parents room. Parents would entail that fathers would also be welcome as they are a parent also. What's with the double standard. If it's just for women, make the signage say mothers room instead, and then if an aunty or female cousin tries, tell them because they're not the legal female guardian, then they shouldn't be allowed either. That's about the level of stupidity this is at. That woman should be done for verbal assult.
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farside1

  12 months ago
and then too, if he was standing outside NOT going in, every woman passing would be abusing him for leaving her wet and unhappy.
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alanwalton55

  12 months ago
if the male is the parent of course he should be allowed to take his child to parents changing room , why is this even an issue
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mm.williamsmurray

  12 months ago
Equally rights
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Sawra

  12 months ago
I would have supported the father. Poor man. A parent is a parent - mum or dad!
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suemills53

  12 months ago
I have no personal experience of a situation like this as when my children were babies, it was rare for father to looking after baby in town, and there were no malls/parents rooms etc, just the Plunket Rooms where you could go to change/feed baby. I don't recall ever seeing a man in there, although I'm sure one would have been accommodated and even offered help! If these rooms have a sign saying "Parents Room" then to my mind, that means mother OR father - what if it's a grandparent with baby? Or, now this would really have shocked the woman with the mouth, a GRANDFATHER???
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Lmam

  12 months ago
It is a "parents room" which suggests to me both a mother and/or father can use it with their child. The man's baby daughter was only 5 months old, you can't take a little one like that into the men's toilets, there's no room for prams and baby bags etc, and he would certainly need the "parents room" to change baby's nappy. The flip side would be breast feeding, if I needed to feed my baby in privacy (as I am too shy to do so in public), I wouldn't want a man coming in and seeing me. I don't know if there is a screened off area for this in these rooms, but that is the only reason I would be uncomfortable with a man coming in. However it is a public facility, it is there for parents, not just women, so ultimately he was within his right to be there with his baby and whilst I understand the woman's shock, she had no right to shout abuse at him or tell him to leave. Unless he was lurking, perving or being creepy in some way, then sorry but she was out of line. If I was there at the time it would depend how the situation went down, I would have to see it for myself, but from what I see here I would have felt the need to say something to bring some diplomacy and reason to the matter as it sounds like the lady just went off at him in fear without being reasonable and understanding that he is a father with a baby who needs to use the room too.
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