HR Strange But True!
August 06, 2004

A while ago, we reported on the headaches that Burger King officials endured after an employee in one of its Utah restaurants asked a customer to stop breast-feeding her baby in the restaurant's play area. You'll recall that the incident resulted in protests from other nursing moms, lots of bad publicity, and finally, the announcement that Burger King was adopting a corporate policy of allowing women to breast-feed.

Apparently, word of that controversy never reached a certain Starbucks Coffee shop in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Washington Post reports that a local woman, Lorig Charkoudian, was inspired to hold her own protest after a store employee asked her to cover up or go into the ladies' room while nursing her 15-month-old daughter, Aline, last month.

"I don't put blankets over my daughter's head because it's uncomfortable for her. If I did, she'd scream and bother everybody," Charkoudian told the Post. "And I think it's disgusting to ask anyone to eat in the bathroom."

The newspaper reports that about 100 people, including about 30 nursing mothers, showed up for this nurse-in. They called on Starbucks to declare that mothers can breast-feed publicly in the global chain's coffeehouses.

Source: Washington Post (Registration required.)

Compiled by Kevin Flood, Sean Dean, and Elaine Quayle.

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