Woman says son's stinky diaper got them kicked off Metro bus

SEATTLE -- A local mother claims a dispute over a stinky diaper got her kicked off of a Metro bus.

Nichole Hakimian says she was trying to get her son to a medical clinic on Tuesday afternoon when the driver of the bus asked her to get off. The driver allegedly told her the odor of her 1-year-old son's diaper was too much too handle.

"And 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."

When Hakimian asked the driver why, the driver gave what Hakimian calls a shocking answer.

"She says, 'Your baby -- he smells really bad, and it's not fair that we all have to smell that,"' she said. "I said, 'My son is sick. I'm taking him to a doctor's appointment."

But Hakimian says the driver stopped the bus and let her out roughly a half mile from the clinic.

Sick toddler in tow, Hakimian, who is four months pregnant, tried her best to keep cool.

"Right next door where I'd gotten off, there was a little clinic. So I went in and changed his diaper, and I proceeded to call Metro and file a complaint with them," she said.

Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer released the following statement to KOMO News: "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."

After filing the complaint, the mother and son caught the next bus to the clinic where they learned the toddler was suffering from stomach flu.

After what she went through, Hakimian says she, too, feels sick.

"I feel like I was being discriminated against and bullied. And it made me feel like crap. It really did," she said.

King Country Metro says it plans to interview the driver and investigate the incident. The driver has been working for them for nine years, has an excellent record, and is a mother and grandmother too, the agency said. Metro says the driver felt terrible about the situation but had to look out for other passengers on the bus.