Applebee's Manager Calls Police When Woman Refuses To Nurse In BathroomMonica Bielanko
It seems like there’s a story about a mom being shamed for publicly breastfeeding every week.
In fact, when I saw this story on the Huffington Post I almost skipped it because it’s the same old thing. Business doesn’t want mom breastfeeding and does something stupid in response. But I think it’s important to keep reporting these incidents until they stop altogether.
What is wrong with people?
The most recent occurrence happened at an Applebee’s in Georgia as WXIA-TV reports. Dawn Holland wasn’t just shamed for breastfeeding her 20-month-old son, she says the manager called the police because she refused to take it to the bathroom.
Holland tells WXIA-TV she was nursing in a booth when the manager suggested she do so in the bathroom or leave despite the fact that Georgia is one of 45 states that have laws allowing moms to nurse anywhere.
Holland, God love her, refused to go to the bathroom so the police were called. Of course, now that the story has been publicized, Applebee’s is in full-on damage control mode releasing the following statement:
“We’re in the business of welcoming guests to our restaurants and our top priority is always to provide a friendly and comfortable environment for everyone, including nursing mothers who have the right to nurse in public.”
This is the second breastfeeding incident in Georgia to make national headlines this year. Nirvana Jennette was told she couldn’t breastfeed in a Georgia church prompting her to organize the Georgia Statewide nurse-in in an effort to pass the Protection Act which will help enforce a mother’s right to breastfeed in public.
Her petition letter:
Currently Georgia state law allows a mother to nurse her child anywhere that mother and child have permission to be, but there is no enforcement provision. A law without enforcement protects no one. New legislation would provide for civil action against anyone subjecting a nursing mother to harassment or discrimination in violation of the current state breastfeeding law, as well as protection from all indecent exposure laws.
The Protection Act has not been passed but Jennette continues her work. Meantime, after talking to both parties, the officer who responded to the call to Applebee’s decided not to file an incident report. Holland said she left the restaurant because she felt singled-out, demeaned and humiliated and plans to never return to any Applebee’s restaurant.
Here’s the local news station’s report:
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