What a boob!
A Canadian restaurant owner has created a buzz with a Friday Facebook post.
Todd Pratt, the owner of The Frogstone Grill in Maple Ridge, B.C., has angered nursing moms everywhere by asking them to “cover themselves up.”
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Pratt – who is a father and a grandfather – says he does not approve of running a “topless” establishment.
In his own words, read Pratt’s social media message to all the breastfeeding moms out there:
“I was hoping this event would not have become as big an issue as it has, but not for the reasons most might think. Social media can do some wonderful things, and as we see more often lately, it can become judge, jury and executioner for people with a hidden agenda and those of us who are not interested in a rational evaluation of evidence.
After many calls from a news station, several emails telling us what monsters we are, and numerous babies throwing bottles at our windows it is time to respond to this nonsense. This will be my first posting on Facebook, so very exciting. I have been missing so much.
Is the story true and is it accurate? Not remotely. Is there an ulterior motive for the claims? This is the best question to ask. A restaurant asking a mother to cover up her baby sure sounds like a terrible story, but does it really make sense?
Moms have been breast feeding their babies at the Frogstone since we opened 16 years ago. Maple Ridge is full of families and we have 3 kids of our own. We raised them in Maple Ridge and have lived here for 30 years. Our daughter recently had a baby and that little pumpkin has nursed in the restaurant many times. This has all been going on without incident until last week.
We want everyone who joins us to have a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere. What we don’t want is women that feel they need to bare it all while feeding their baby. They will be asked to cover themselves up. There is already one topless bar in town and council won’t approve another.
Oh no he did NOT!
Mr. Pratt, I respectfully ask you to apologize to women everywhere. Your views are not only misogynistic, they are outdated. Get with the times! You are running a family restaurant — you should be welcoming of everyone regardless of age, gender or lactating status.
I strongly urge you to retract your statement. If you don’t, you might find that women and families will join together in a collective boycott.
In closing, here’s a helpful image to remind you what breasts were actually created for:
Yours truly, a former nursing mom who will not be frequenting your restaurant until the proper channels of damage control have been taken.
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