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#1 of 12 Old 10-22-2008, 10:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This happened to a friend of a friend in my town: she was at a Food Lion with her 6 month old, who started crying and having a hard time. In the checkout line, the mom tucked baby in the sling and let her nurse. The checkout girl noticed and commented loud enough for other customers to hear: "Oh, I guess nowadays anybody can just whip it out anywhere they want to and the rest of us just have to deal with it!"

The mom, who'd been having a rough day, felt so bad she actually started tearing up. Another Food Lion employee happened to notice her crying (I'm not sure if it was another cashier or a stock person or what) but she asked the mom if she was okay, and the mom ended up telling her what the checkout girl said. The second employee immediately went to the manager, and the checkout girl was made to apologize to the mom, and ended up being suspended from her job(I'm not sure for how long) and reprimanded in her file. Isn't that nice?

Just wanted to share that.

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Good to hear! I cannot imagine under what circumstances it'd be appropriate to make a snarky comment about/to a customer like that! Regardless of the subject.

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Good to hear! I cannot imagine under what circumstances it'd be appropriate to make a snarky comment about/to a customer like that! Regardless of the subject.
Agreed. Just unbelievable that someone thought it would be appropriate to say such a thing. I hope she lost some pay over that and learned a lesson--and realized how WRONG she was!
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I love how simple the store kept it. Employee said imappropriate thing, employee got reprimanded. No nurse ins, no petitions required.

Shame that the employee felt the need to say it in the first place though!

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I love how simple the store kept it. Employee said imappropriate thing, employee got reprimanded. No nurse ins, no petitions required.

Shame that the employee felt the need to say it in the first place though!
: And no "we're taking it very seriously."

I just have to say I hate the phrase "whip it out." It's so insulting. To me it seems to imply that someone nursing a baby is related to a man flashing people or something, kwim? I know there's something else about the phrase that pushes my buttons...but I can't quite put my finger on it.

What an awful, snotty thing for that cashier to do.
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[QUOTE=hollyvangogh;12451116]: And no "we're taking it very seriously."
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Because when they do take it seriously, like this store did, they don't have to say so. Actions speak so much louder than words!
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I love reading things like this! Simple, but effective (at least I hope).

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: And no "we're taking it very seriously."

I just have to say I hate the phrase "whip it out." It's so insulting. To me it seems to imply that someone nursing a baby is related to a man flashing people or something, kwim? I know there's something else about the phrase that pushes my buttons...but I can't quite put my finger on it.

What an awful, snotty thing for that cashier to do.
I agree about the phrase, but with my first baby my internal mantra whenever I was unsure about something was, "When in doubt, whip it out." In other words, nursing solves all manner of baby troubles and was my first line of defense as I waded into this parenting thing!

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I agree about the phrase, but with my first baby my internal mantra whenever I was unsure about something was, "When in doubt, whip it out." In other words, nursing solves all manner of baby troubles and was my first line of defense as I waded into this parenting thing!
See, that's cute! I just never hear the phrase used in any way other than to put down women who don't choose to cover - implying they just "want attention" or whatever. :
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See, that's cute! I just never hear the phrase used in any way other than to put down women who don't choose to cover - implying they just "want attention" or whatever. :
You're totally right. It IS offensive in that regard ...maybe we can change that, though! (Uphill battle, I'm sure.) I don't feel comfortable saying "whip it out" even as I used it, but it is a handy little rhyme, especially for a new mama! I've definitely been counseling my sister (due in Jan. and a new MDC member) about the many uses of breastfeeding! :

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I agree about the phrase, but with my first baby my internal mantra whenever I was unsure about something was, "When in doubt, whip it out." In other words, nursing solves all manner of baby troubles and was my first line of defense as I waded into this parenting thing!

I still use this mantra.. So does DH.
I never thought of it as a negitive thing, probably since no one ever used it negatively towards me.. Maybe I should pick a different mantra

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"Oh, I guess nowadays anybody can just whip it out anywhere they want to and the rest of us just have to deal with it!"
Well...yes! If it were said in a different tone of voice, that would actually be a fairly good lactivist statement.
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