Another Southern woman who was breastfeeding her infant at a restaurant was asked to cover up or leave last week. Previously, a Kentucky woman was asked to leave an Applebee’s restaurant for the same “offense.”
What is it with these so-called “family” restaurants? Apparently being a family establishment means you can eat together with your family so long as you’re not having to feed your baby. Makes perfect sense!
After a few complaints from other customers, the Denny’s manager finally called the police to ask them what the law stated regarding breastfeeding mothers. As it turns out, North Carolina law protects a breastfeeding mother’s right to breastfeed even if her nipple is showing. However, the police stated that they could force her to leave on the grounds of “trespassing.” That’s always a great way to get rid of customers, right?
The article states the following:
The Asheville Police Department says their officer informed Denny’s that indecency laws do not apply to breastfeeding mothers, but that they could charge Everitt with trespassing since Denny’s is a private business that reserves the right to refuse service. APD says the manager did not charge Everitt with trespass.
Apparently there is surveillance video of the incident, but Denny’s is refusing to release it – most likely because there is nothing to see. Or maybe because when it comes down to it, the breastfeeding baby was eating the best meal in the house.
Make sure to watch the video – it’s a true gem.
[This post was written by Kristen Chase.]