Pregnant women are often made to feel like they need to spend nine months in a bubble to keep their unborn baby safe, but this is ridiculous.
UK shopper Janet Lehain was shocked when a deli server at her local grocery denied her request for unpasteurized cheddar cheese.
“I was very surprised,” Lehain told the BBC. “She went beyond telling me it was unpasteurised and insisted I should have a different type of Cheddar.”
Lehain insisted that because she was past her first trimester, the cheese was safe. But the stubborn clerk refused the sale until Lehain promised not to actually eat any of it. (Am I the only one who finds that hilarious? “Cross your heart you won’t it any?”)
The issue here isn’t whether or not the cheese is safe for pregnant women, it’s that pregnancy doesn’t alter a woman’s right to do what she wants. If she’d been buying a bottle of tequila, would the checkout clerk have stopped her on the grounds that she might drink it?
Furious, Lehain wrote a letter of complaint. “It’s the nanny state gone crazy,” she wrote. “Someone in Sainsbury’s is not a medical expert and so is not qualified to start handing out medical advice.”
The store has since apologized and insists they don’t have a policy in place that prevents pregnant women from buying what they want.