A North Dakota mom is speaking out on social media after she says she was kicked out of a local Chick-fil-A store for breastfeeding her infant daughter.
According to a post Macy Hornung shared on Facebook, the incident started when she was eating at the West Acres location in Fargo with her husband and child when the baby girl started to get hungry.
In an interview with WDAZ, Hornung said she first started feeding her french fries before switching to breastfeeding. But that didn’t go over too well with store owner Kimberly Flamm.
In part, Hornung wrote:
The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover.
I tried to explain that I couldn’t, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover.
The upset mom said she was then asked by Flamm to leave the store.
Hornung vowed that she would be “relaying the experience in every local mommy group” — and sure enough, her post caught some major attention.
The mom’s post quickly went viral and garnered over 1,000 reactions, according to the Daily Mail. But not everybody is siding with Hornung…
Despite the fact that the mom was legally allowed to breastfeed in the restaurant by the state, and plenty of moms applauded her actions, many Facebook users are slamming her decision. Some wrote:
Comfortable for ALL the guests which means not only you and your child! … Chick-fil-A is a fast food restaurant, like you didn’t know your kids feeding time was approaching as you went in to feed yourself.
You just don’t get it! It’s about decency in a public place. You have not been taught modesty by who ever raised you…
You went in there looking to start something.
I do agree with having a little bit of modesty! Is it really that hard?…
How hard is it to cover your breast?
Flamm later issued an apology to the mom on the restaurant’s official Facebook page. She wrote:
I would like to publicly apologize to Macy Hornung for the way I handled the situation on Saturday. I ask for your forgiveness on this matter as I learn from it. My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests.
The store’s online rating plummeted after Hornung’s post — it dropped to just 1.8 stars — but has slowly started to regain support.
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