On Feb. 19 KATU shares a story from a single father in Ore. about one of the most difficult things about being a single father; very few changing tables in men's restrooms. He relates the story of stopping at a gas station and needing to change his son but there wasn't a place to do so. He asked the cashier if he could use the ladies restroom and she told him to change his son on the dirty bathroom floor. He ended up changing his son in the backseat of the car.
This is actually a common occurrence all over the country, more dads are taking on single parent responsibilities, or being sty at home dads, but one of the very basic accommodations of having a clean place to change their children isn't available to them. One dad blogger from New York has dedicated a whole section of his blog to informing readers of places throughout the country that have changing tables in men's restrooms. Only Miami and San Francisco have required changing tables in both bathrooms.
Because so many fathers are stepping up to the plate and being an involved parent than ever before, the group that maintains and runs most all of Oregon's rest stops says that they are including changing stations in men's rooms or at least creating unisex bathrooms that anyone can have access to so that necessary business can be taken care of. The down side to putting changing tables in the men's rooms is that there has been excessive amounts of vandalism towards them which has made some places have to remove them.