An upset customer who complained about a mother breastfeeding her child at a caf├⌐ ended up being asked to leave by the owner.
Jessica-Anne Allen, owner of Cheese and Biscuits Cafe in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, revealed that she was asked on Thursday to intervene by a man who was unhappy with a fellow customer discreetly feeding her child at a table nearby.
The unidentified man asked employees to tell the woman to cover up, but when they refused he talked to her himself, which upset the young mother. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Owners of Cheese and Biscuit Caf├⌐ in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Jessica-Anne Allen and her husband Steve asked a man to leave their store after he complained about a mother breastfeeding her baby.
The man was then unceremoniously asked to leave. The owner’s decision quickly became a huge social media hit and many people have promised to make it a point of visiting the caf├⌐, just as a show of support.
Allen explained her decision in an interview with The Daily Mail:
To know that it’s still going on in this day and age, it’s just disgusting to me that someone thinks they can dictate how another person behaves in public, especially if they’re feeding their child.
She said that the man was seated in her caf├⌐’s courtyard when he came inside to order a coffee. Allen explained:
He popped back inside to let us know that there was a breastfeeding mother outside could we ask her to cover up.
We informed him we are a breast-feeding friendly caf├⌐… We also told him there were other seats inside if he wished.
2. Allen (pictured) said that when she refused to ask the mother to “cover up”, the man took matters into his own hands.
But when Allen went back to bring the man his coffee, the mother sitting close to him seemed “visibly upset”. Allen said:
When I took it out there I could visibly see the young mother and her friend were upset.
I heard them discussing that he (the man) had mentioned something.
At this point, the man told the owner that he had spoken to the mother about her breastfeeding in public and Allen asked him to leave. She said:
It really upset me, you can’t dictate how someone behaves in public.
My sister has a three month old baby and it would upset me terribly if I found out someone had done that to her, or one of my friends.
3. The owners of the Queensland cafe have been widely praised for their actions by mothers and customers.
He made her feel embarrassed, she kept apologizing but it was something that could have been avoided.
We support it and basically we don’t appreciate people going against our policies, if we’re okay with it, you should be too.
Once the caf├⌐ posted about the incident last week, their Facebook page was quickly flooded with praise, with many commenters thanking the owner for standing up for the mother.
4. Medical experts discuss breastfeeding in public.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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