Mom, Baby Booted Off Bus for Stinky Diaper
SEATTLE, Washington (KOMONews) — A Seattle woman says she was kicked off a public bus Tuesday because her son had a stinky diaper.
The bus company, however, is siding with the driver.
Nichole Hakimian rides the bus every day with her 1-year-old son, Daniel.
“That’s my only way of getting around,” she says.
Earlier this week, they were on their way to see doctor because Daniel was sick.
“And he just pooped in his diaper as soon as I got (on the bus) because he was having diarrhea,” Hakimian explained.
After a few stops, the bus driver had had enough.
“She told me that I needed to get off the bus. I said, ‘Why is that?’ She said, ‘Your baby, he smells really bad and it’s not fair that we all have to smell that,’ ” Hakimian said.
Despite explaining that her son was sick and on his way to the doctor’s, the driver stopped and let them out about a half-mile from the clinic.
On top of that, Hakimian is four and a half months pregnant.
She found a place nearby to change her son’s diaper, then caught the next bus to the clinic. Daniel did, indeed, have the stomach flu.
Hakimian called the bus company to file a complaint about the ordeal.
In a statement obtained by KOMO reporter Jamie Lynn, King County Metro said:
“Based on reports, this appears to be a very unique situation. Our goal is always to balance the comfort of all of our riders with providing good customer service. We are investigating the complaint and will get a report from the driver to confirm what happened and that the proper procedures were followed.”
The company also noted that the bus driver is a nine-year veteran with an excellent record.