It started with uncontrolled dog and got worse

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A friend and I were enjoying brunch outdoors at a nice restaurant when a couple with a large dog and a baby in a stroller were seated at a nearby table. I kept silent as the couple obliviously allowed the dog to “visit” other tables, dragging its […]

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A friend and I were enjoying brunch outdoors at a nice restaurant when a couple with a large dog and a baby in a stroller were seated at a nearby table.

I kept silent as the couple obliviously allowed the dog to “visit” other tables, dragging its long leash behind it. I kept silent when the couple finally grabbed the leash but still allowed the dog to walk around, creating a trip hazard for anyone walking by. I figured that with a dog and a baby, these people were doing the best they could.

However, I’m ashamed to say that I also kept silent when — after they finished dining, but before the table was cleared — they proceeded to change the baby’s diaper on the table. They then got up and left, leaving the dirty diaper on the table.

This would have been revolting at any time, but even more so during a health crisis. The most I could do was commiserate with the busboy and leave a large tip, but should I have said something to the couple at the time?

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