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Target security guard calls police on breastfeeding mother!

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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HARPER WOODS, Mich. (myFOXDetroit.com) - Jose and Mary Martinez visited a Target store in Harper Woods on Sunday. The mother says she started breast-feeding her child, security said it was illegal, they disagreed, and then the cops were called.

She's a mother of three. The youngest, her four-week-old girl, Raka. Breast-feeding is a daily part of life whether at home or at the store. That's why Mary Martinez was surprised to be stopped at the Target store. She and her husband told this by security: "He said, 'It's against the law. You have to go,'" said Jose Martinez.

Jose, a Detroit police officer, knew it isn't against the law even in the electronics aisle at Target. The couple say it wasn't crowded in that section at the time.

"It wasn't busy. One gentleman came through and... he complained about the prices," said Mary Martinez.

Harper Woods police were called to the scene. They joined Target security talking with the Martinez family until the couple and child left embarrassed.

"I asked one of them if it was indeed illegal maybe in Harper Woods to breast-feed. He said, 'No.' And that was it. We got our stuff together and we left," Jose Martinez said.

FOX 2 contacted Target's corporate headquarters. They tell us they allow mothers to breast-feed in their stores.  But, "This specific situation escalated to a point where we were concerned for the safety of our guests, so law enforcement was called. We regret the incident in our store and will continue to provide a shopping environment that respects the needs of all guests, including nursing mothers."

"Forcing me out of the store. Two security guards, the manager or team leader, two officers, they just made a spectacle and a scene. I feel like I can't go to that specific Target anymore," Mary Martinez said.

In addition to talking with the corporate management at Target, we spoke to the manager of the Harper Woods store. She says breast-feeding is certainly not discouraged inside of her store.


There's a video interview here:

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/breast-feeding-incident-at-local-target



by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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Arlyah
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:58 PM

The security officer was wrong obviously. Yet, I wonder if they cops were called b/c of her BFing or b/c she got into it with the officer.


Kizbee
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:00 PM

The mom is actually a friend of mine.  She didn't yell or scream or anything.  Her dh is a police officer, and was with her.  All they did was disagree, and refuse to stop feeding the baby.  So the security guard called the cops.

Mamie_85
by Ruby Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:01 PM

i think the next hoochie that walks into target half dressed with her tits and ass hanging out should be escorted out. ridiculous.

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25beengoodtome
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:02 PM

WHAT!??! was this woman sitting inside, on a bench facing the store - completely exposing her breasts to everyone in the store?  I could understand the security stopping her display.

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Swtmama62205
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:04 PM

That is so wrong.  That poor mom. 

btw i live in michigan too i am trying to figure out where harper woods is lol

Kizbee
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:04 PM

No, she was walking in an aisle, and nothing was exposed.

Quoting 25beengoodtome:

WHAT!??! was this woman sitting inside, on a bench facing the store - completely exposing her breasts to everyone in the store?  I could understand the security stopping her display.


Lori_G4
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:07 PM

When I was breastfeeding, I kept a printout of the laws concerning breastfeeding, in public in my state, in my wallet. I was always prepared for a confrontation, but I never had to pull it out; thank goodness! What an idiotic society that we live in. Despite what many people think breasts were not biologically created for sexual pleasure; they were biologically created to feed our young.


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3greatkids751
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Wow..that's really sad. I hope the security guard gets an ear full by whomever is above his butt that's for sure. Before assuming anything maybe he should have really gotten the facts before trying to make her leave. I'm not one for BFing in public just because its not MY cup of tea, I bf my dd until 13 months of her life and I just went to the car just because I didn't want my boob hanging out in a public place but that's just me if another mother wants to do it, more power to her!! There are laws that protect BFing mothers and THANK god for that!! = )

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hautemama83
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:20 PM

She should contact the LLL, and a lawyer. If that were me you bet your ass I would be suing Target and the security company that the guard worked for. How embarrassing for her. I have walked around Target and BF plenty of times, and no one has ever said anything to me. Oh anf FYI it does not matter if she was "putting on a show", the law upholds a woman's right to nurse in public, weather she is exposed in the process or not. That guard was flat out wrong.




 




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MamaKalila
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:23 PM


Quoting Kizbee:

The mom is actually a friend of mine.  She didn't yell or scream or anything.  Her dh is a police officer, and was with her.  All they did was disagree, and refuse to stop feeding the baby.  So the security guard called the cops.

From what I read on another news article Target is trying to make it out like they were being disruptive when they rufused to stop and that the guard called the cops so that none of the other customers would get hurt. Sounds like a bunch of BS to me (on Targets end). Makes me sad because I like Target.

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