On Monday, a Connecticut woman and mother was berated by an angry man while she was breastfeeding her 1-month infant in a Target store.
Jessie Maher, was sitting down inside of Target when another customer, an older man, saw what she was doing and started yelling a lot of rude and insulting things about her breastfeeding.
The strangers verbal assault went as far as calling her “f****** disgusting” and a “whore.” When he started getting irate and yelling at her, she started to record him and she later went and posted it to Facebook saying:
“Anybody know this a**hole who verbally assaulted me in target this morning while I was breastfeeding my baby? (He’s wearing an Avon shirt).
Before the video started rolling he looked at me and said (very angrily), “can’t you do that somewhere else?… That’s f***ing disgusting.. You are nasty” (he said a few other things under his breath) I responded with, “I am feeding my baby, and I have the right to do it here…walk the f*** away..leave me the f*** alone” He responded with, (as he’s walking closer and closer to me and getting louder) “you are f***ing disgusting…you are f***ing disgusting…you are f***ing disgusting…you whore” he said a bunch more bullshit that I can not remember ….by this point EVERYONE came to my defense! Target staff and shoppers… Then I started rolling the camera….”
The Target employees protected Jessie and had the angry customer leave the store.
In 2015, the Target’s employee handbook states “guests may openly breastfeed in our stores” and it also says that “Target’s policy supports breastfeeding in any area of our stores, including our fitting rooms,e even if others are waiting.”
In her video, you can hear Jessie saying that she was shaking and you hear another female customer telling her not to shake, that she’s ok.
This other customer stood in front of her while defending her to the man that was yelling at Jessie.
Since Jessie’s Facebook posting went up on Monday, it has already received 5.4 million views.
What do you think about this? Would you have defended her against this irate man or join him in his fit?