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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Milk It

Whatever happened to "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service?"

A lot of people in this area are abuzz about a new controversy. A Silver Spring woman is irate because employees at a local Starbucks told her to cover her breast while she was breast-feeding her child. She managed to get a group of like-minded mothers to demonstrate outside this particular Starbucks.

People like this managed to get a law passed in Maryland that prohibits business owners from objecting to public nursing, but this apparently isn't enough for them. Now they demand that Starbucks issue a nationwide corporate policy supporting their right to breast-feed in plain sight.

I have zero interest in watching a mother nurse a baby in public. Out in the open, I can simply look away or get away, but that's more difficult in a confined space such as a typical Washington-area Starbucks.

Call me old-fashioned if you must, but a lot of social problems would vanish overnight if people in this country were more capable of restraining themselves from "in-your-face" behavior in public.


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