‘You have no right to be here’: Outrage after dad told to leave parents’ room

The Anderson family were furious when they were told Josh shouldn't use the room.
The Anderson family were furious when they were told Josh shouldn't use the room. Photo: Facebook

A father in New Zealand is furious after he was asked to leave a parents' room with his baby.

Josh Anderson was in a shopping centre in Auckland, New Zealand when he needed to use the parents' room to feed and change his five-month-old daughter, Vienna. 

After tending to his daughter, he also used the bathroom himself so he could fit the pram in the cubicle with him.

However, when he stepped out of the bathroom, he was confronted by an angry woman who insisted he wasn't allowed in the parent's room, reportedly telling him it's 'for women only'.

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Vienna's mother Kori Anderson was understandably furious when she found out, posting the encounter to Facebook.

"PSA- parent rooms in malls are not just for Mums; DADS AND CAREGIVERS ARE WELCOME TOO," she began the post.

"If you aren't aware of this then please take the time to educate yourself and your family," she continued, explaining her husband was berated for using the parent's room.

"It's called a PARENTS room for a reason," she said. "Apparently the Mum's reasoning was that even though the sign said "parent-child room" the symbol was of a person in a dress."

"If you were that Mum, please learn common decency, gender diversity (a person of any gender can wear dresses too) and learn the definition of a PARENT," she concluded the post.

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"I'm a dad and I have every right to use these restrooms," the father-of-one told the Seven Sharp program in New Zealand.

"It does say parent-child," he pointed out. "I can't take her to the men's room and leave her pram out."

Josh Anderson with five-month-old Vienna.

Josh Anderson with five-month-old Vienna. Photo: Facebook

Kori agreed, admitting it's frustrating that her husband was made to feel awkward by using the room.

"Where else is he supposed to take her to change her?" she said. 

Kori also told the New Zealand Herald she was shocked at the message this sent stay-at-home dads.

"I was absolutely livid when he told me what had happened," she said.

"We are living in a society where we are encouraging all parents to take equal responsibility for their children, encouraging stay-at-home dads, encouraging dads to take on the role historically assumed by the mother."

A spokesperson from Manukau City Westfield told the Herald that the room was open to all caregivers.

"Parents' rooms are provided for the use of all parents, carers and guardians," the spokesperson confirmed.