Company phone numbers - call them!Hello all,
I would like to suggest, in addition to the nurse-out, that we each PHONE Applebee’s, Thomas & King, and Fired Up, Inc. (franchisor of Johhny Carino’s, the other restaurant T & K operates). If we each phoned, they would begin to get some idea of how many women care about this, and we could explain to them why it is important to be welcoming to breastfeeding mothers.
Below I humbly suggest a few talking points to get people started, along with the phone numbers for each of these companies.
Thomas & King (Franchisee that owns the KY Applebee’s) 859-254-2180 ask for Michael Scanlon. Talk to whoever will talk to you! Let them know how you feel about what they have done and said to this breastfeeding mother.
Applebee’s (corporate) 913 967 4000
Let them know:
•Their restaurants should have a policy that breastfeeding is allowed, without “covering up.”
•Applebee’s is a family-friendly restaurant. Aren’t babies part of the family? Don’t babies deserve to “eat good in the neighborhood?” Breastfeeding is not a sexual act.
•Formula feeding is a major health risk for babies, and many mothers don’t breastfeed because they are afraid to nurse in public.
•Thomas & King violated state law. Does Applebee’s tolerate their franchisees breaking state laws?
Fired Up, Inc. (based in Austin, TX – they are the franchisor of Johnny Carino’s, the other restaurant franchised by T & K): 512 263 0800
Ask them about the breastfeeding policy in their restaurants. Let them know what happened at the Applebee’s owned by Michael Scanlon. Ask if they tolerate franchisees violating state laws.
A couple of notes: as far as I know, every franchise agreement contains a clause that the franchisee must abide by all federal, state, and local laws. If they do not, they are in violation of their franchise agreement. Making enough noise about this issue will get the other Applebee’s franchisee’s on Mike Scanlon’s back and perhaps effect change more quickly. Phone calls are perhaps the quickest, most efficient means of communicating, but if you just can’t do it, the on-line complaint form was a great idea, as is letter writing. All of these companies’ info is on-line.
And a last thought – while you’re fired up, it’s a good time to send a letter off to your senator or representative – if you have a great one like Kentucky’s Tom Buford, send a thank you note for his support! Or send a letter letting them know that this issue is important to you and you would like to see legislation supporting breastfeeding.
Good Luck everyone!