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Marlee_Eschoe

A Cobb County, Georgia father believes he and his disabled daughter were unfairly treated at a local restaurant. The father and daughter  were at Chuck E. Cheese with a group of special needs children. Mark Eschoe said the men’s room was full, but a waitress informed him the women’s room was empty. He alleges, as he started to take his daughter, who is recovering from 2 strokes, to the bathroom the manager stepped in and said “No.”.

From WSBTV:

“Coming to a birthday party, (it was) the last thing we expected,” Mark Eschoe told Channel 2’s Erin Coleman.

Eschoe said his daughter, Marlee, was excited to attend a friend’s party at Chuck E. Cheese on May 18. The 8-year-old had just gotten out of the hospital after suffering two strokes within six months, caused by brain aneurisms.

“We were there for about 20 minutes when she finally said, ‘Hey daddy, I have to go to the bathroom,’” Eschoe said.

Eschoe said the men’s room was full at the Cobb Parkway location, but a waitress told him the women’s room was empty. He said as he started to take Marlee into the women’s room, a manager stepped in, became agitated and said “No.”

“She just went, ‘You know what? I’m done. I’m not going to inconvenience my patrons. I don’t care if she’s special needs. I’m not going to treat her any differently,’” Eschoe said.

Eschoe and his wife, who was not there, said that violates the American’s with Disabilities Act, by not providing an alternative for their daughter.

An emailed statement from the Chuck E. Cheese corporate office in Texas said the women’s restroom was occupied, and employees were working on an alternative solution. The statement also said the company has tried to contact the family, but the attempts have been unsuccessful.

The family said that’s not the case.

“I definitely don’t want any parent to go through what we went through,” Marlee’s mother, Kiyome Eschoe, said.

 

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  • Kay

    A family style restaurant like Chuck E Cheese should have a family type restroom so any parent could accompany a child inside. If none was available, this could have been resolved by letting the father and daughter into the empty restroom and having an employee outside the restoom to temporarily stop women from entering while the child relieved herself.
    As a mother, I would not feel comfortable turning my child over to a stranger to accompany into the restroom, particularly a special needs child which may require special attention. And I would never think of thaking a young girl into a full men’s room due to the urinals being in plain sight. The men inside would probably not be comfortable with this either. The men in the men’s room have as much right to privacy as the women in the women’s room.