SEATTLE - A woman is complaining to the public transit authority that a driver kicked her off a bus in Seattle because of her baby's stinky diaper.
Nichole Hakimian was taking her 1-year-old son to a clinic Tuesday because of an intestinal illness, KOMO News reported.
"He had just pooped in his diaper as soon as I got on, because he was having diarrhea," she said. "And right after that, she told me I had to get off the bus."
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When Hakimian asked why she said the Metro Transit driver said, "Your baby, he smells really bad, and it's not fair that we all have to smell that."
"I said, `My son is sick. I'm taking him to a doctor's appointment."'
Nonetheless, the driver stopped the bus and let her out about a half mile from the clinic, she said.
Hakimian, who is four months pregnant, found a nearby place to change the diaper. She caught another bus to the clinic and learned her baby was suffering from a stomach bug.
She complained to Metro, and the King County transit agency is investigating.
"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 proper procedures were followed," spokesman Jeff Switzer said in a statement to KOMO.
The bus ride made her feel sick, too, Hakimian said.
"I feel like I was being discriminated against and bullied. And it made me feel like crap. It really did," she said
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