Barista Handles 'Disgusting' Breastfeeding Customer in Unusual Way

What a strange world we live in -- one in which a mom breastfeeding her baby at a Starbucks makes another woman angry enough to complain, but gets a compassionate response from ... a male teenage barista? Yep.

Julia Wykes stopped in to a Starbucks in Ontario to grab a drink and realized her 5-month-old was hungry. She decided to, oh, you know, do the only humane thing possible and feed her child, gasp, from her breast! This was enough to royally piss off a customer who clearly hadn't had enough caffeine that day. The woman walked right up to the young barista and reportedly told him in a very loud voice, "Could you get that woman to stop doing that in public? It is disgusting."

Well, his response was priceless -- and a model for how ALL companies should treat women who breastfeed in their establishments.

The 18- or 19-year-old gentleman (and he has earned the right to be called one) reportedly refused to engage in an exchange with the nasty woman about her opinion on keeping the human race alive, healthy, and thriving.

Instead, he walked right up to the nursing mom with a smile on his face -- and offered her a refill, as well as a voucher she could use for a free drink. He also apologized to Wykes for having to put up with horrifyingly unpleasant people who stick their noses where they don't belong (oh, okay, those are my words, not his).

What a class act!

It never ceases to amaze us that, in this day and age, breastfeeding is still not deemed socially acceptable. How could anyone put their fear of seeing a real life breast ahead of a crying child's need to eat? It's a cruel, inconsiderate way to think about women, and it's important that we continue to hear about stories like this one to remind us of how ignorant and wrong it is.

And -- Starbucks price hike be damned -- this young barista makes me want to run out and throw down $10 on a Venti Frapp ASAP. All businesses should train their employees to handle situations like this in a similar manner. What a gem of a worker and human they've got there. It's just unfortunate that all women and men don't respond to nursing moms the way this obviously well-raised teen did.

Are you surprised another woman complained about this mom? What do you think of the way the Starbucks employee responded?

 

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Waiti... WaitingforApril

I've breasted in a Starbucks and never had a problem. I hear all these stories but have never seen anyone being harassed for nursing.

BPayne09 BPayne09

Good for him! I've never breastfed in public simply because I'm not comfortable doing so but it sure doesn't bother me when I see somebody else doing it. In fact I'm a tad jealous that I can't be that brave. Seriously if you don't like it look the other way!

Ameri... AmericanChild82

Oh the things I would have said to that snarky woman. I find her attitude way more offensive than I do a woman who is feeding her child. That young man needs a bonus on his pay check.

Ameri... AmericanChild82

Oh the things I would have said to that snarky woman. I find her attitude way more offensive than I do a woman who is feeding her child. That young man needs a bonus on his pay check.

cdn1pat cdn1pat

Wow! Good on him for how he handled the situation.  I do not understand why people get so bent out of shape over someone breastfeeding. You do not have to sit and stare, get on with your life for goodness sake.

nonmember avatar Angel Lopez

I was nervous w/ my 1st child 4 this reason but I got more brave n have a very supporting husband n I got over the fear. But I never have a fear of opening my mouth. I now have 5 kids n I'm a pro now. I commend the gentleman 4 what he did. I would've had words 4 that horrible woman. God forbid women use there breasts 4 nourishment vs. Pleasure 4 others to see o r use.

baker... bakermom2411

This is a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. If you let the baby cry for fear of having rude comments made, someone will chime in with "My gosh why doesn't she feed it already!" If she pulls out a boob instead of a bottle it's the OMG that's disgusting! Well I've seen plenty of people disgust me with the way they eat in public and that's my response to their disgusting comments :)

Claudia Castello

Why was someone's comment posted like, 18 times?

Rachel Taul

I was asked to go to another part of the studio when I was discreetly nursing my infant and watching my two older children paint.

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