A pregnant woman decided to order coffee but she was reportedly shamed by a Starbucks barista for requesting a caffeinated drink.

British comedian Tiffany Stevenson told TODAY she was waiting in line at a London Starbucks when a woman ordered a regular caramel macchiato, however, a male barista suggested she have a “decaf” because “caffeine is bad for the baby.”

Stevenson said she heard the entire conversation and tweeted the encounter.

The comedian accused the barista of “womb bothering” and said it was inappropriate for the employee to convince the expecting mom to give up her caffeinated beverage.

Stevenson said for several minutes, the employee tried to get the woman to change her drink until finally, the pregnant woman told the barista she could have one coffee a day.

The actress told TODAY she was boiling over with anger after witnessing the exchange. She recalled:

“I said, ‘Unbelievable! Stop it!’”

She continued:

“Then he tried to justify it by saying, ‘caffeine is bad for the baby.’ He insisted he was trying to do what’s best for the customer and I said, ‘She knows what’s best for her.’”

According to the National Institute of Health, it’s safe for pregnant women to consume one to two cups of coffee a day as long as the caffeine consumption is 300 mg or less.

Starbucks’ caffeinated caramel macchiato contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine in the espresso drink.

Starbucks is investigating the incident.

A spokesperson told TODAY Parents:

As a matter of policy, we trust our customers to make decisions that are right for them, and we take pride in creating a welcoming, warm environment in our stores.

However, the incident sparked a debate on Twitter.

Some questioned whether or not a stranger should tell a pregnant stranger what she should or shouldn’t be eating or drinking to protect her baby.

What do you think? Did the barista cross the line?

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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