Ruby Meeden and her husband Aaron had visited a restaurant with their three-day-old baby and were waiting for their family to arrive when they were approached by staff and told to leave
A woman was kicked out of a restaurant and told to ‘never come back’ after breastfeeding her newborn baby while waiting for her family to arrive.
Ruby Meeden and her husband Aaron had recently had a second child and decided to introduce their families to their newborn baby, Rhett, at one of their favourite restaurants.
They arrived early and baby Rhett was hungry so Ruby nursed him discreetly, facing the wall, but soon the owner of the restaurant approached and asked them to leave.
Aaron asked what was wrong but the owner of the restaurant in Washington, USA, wouldn’t elaborate and just told them to never come back, before later referring to Ruby as an ‘animal’ in an online message.
After the incident, Aaron explained what had happened in a Facebook post and also shared a message from the restaurant owner.
Aaron said: “Was told to leave (the restaurant) tonight and never return, after sitting for 45 minutes waiting for service with my six-year-old niece and two-year-old son.
“Never given a reason as to why, so we left a review on Google. One star.
“The owner then proceeds to tell us why we got kicked out. Apparently, he had an issue with my wife breastfeeding my three-day-old son. My wife feels horrible and ashamed. I won’t be going back and I hope this actually makes a difference.”
And a message from the restaurant owner, left on Aaron’s one-star review, reads: “Thank you, never bring your brats to breastfeed here again.
“My restaurant, my rules. Be like decent people not like animals, there are places for everything and this place is not to breastfeed your children, sorry.”
After Aaron shared their experience on the town’s community Facebook page, around two dozen mums in the area held a protest outside of the restaurant and planned to confront the owner.
He opted to only offer take-out ordering that day before shutting the restaurant down early. He has also removed their Facebook and Instagram pages.
Speaking to Seattle based KOMO news, protester Megan Stevens said: “He’s going to have to answer for it one way or another because it’s illegal to kick a woman out for breastfeeding.”