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As the New York Post says,
"What a bunch of boobs!"
You Cannot Breast-Feed at Metropolis Country Club
By mustang6560 on 7/3/13
The New York Post reports Tom Neijens, first secretary of the Belgium Mission to the UN, and his family were kicked out of the Metropolis Country Club because, of all things, his wife started breast-feeding their young daughter in a public area.

The Belgian diplomat, who received permission as a non-member to eat on the terrace, said his wife discreetly "bared her bosom" to feed their daughter during lunch when a female manager told her to stop and called the police to escort them out.
"She said, 'Please leave immediately, you are disturbing the members,'" Neijens, first secretary of the Belgium Mission to the UN, told The Post.

Neijens said it would only take a few minutes, but Remans was told to finish in the restroom.

"You don't ask a person to have lunch in the restroom — why would you ask a baby to have lunch there?" Neijens said.

Minutes later, the Greenburgh Police Department arrived.

Detective Scott Harding allegedly yelled, "Close the doors!" and two other diners were told to leave the terrace.

"He was walking as if he was acting in a Western movie," Neijens said. "He had one hand on his gun, one hand on his Taser."
I'm not up-to-date on my breast-feeding etiquette, however, I can't imagine she was bothering anyone except the female manager at Metropolis.

h/t Press Tent

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
Obviously it wasn't discreetly enough if she's told to leave because she's bothering the patrons. Breastfeeding in public happens a lot here in Lancaster at the public mall. I'm kind of immune to it, and when I happen upon it, I walk away. It does bother a lot of people though. Public isnt' the place for it. As for her comment about the restroom, I couldn't imagine the country club's restroom was unsanitary. Every CC "locker room" i've been in is more comfortable than my house for cryin out loud.
legitimatebeef says:
Only marginally related to golf and that is being generous. Next!!!
mschad says:
Disturbing the members..... all two of them???
joe jones says:
Small minds working overtime. I thought this was 2013.
bducharm says:
I'm actually good with this - I belong to a club and if a member or non-member was doing the same thing, I would ask them to leave to a private place. What is the damn fascination with breast feeding in public???
Donnyp0 says:
Metropolis CC... I wonder if Superman's a member?
jasonfish11 says:
You would think with xray vission it wouldn't matter if someone did or didn't have their boob out of their shirt.
Duke of Hazards says:
They're Belgians. Probably as blase about nudity as the French. She probably just didn't have one of those cover-up/shawl things. Her bad for not knowing the norms and customs of the place they were at. Her husband's a diplomat, so they should've known better. Aside from that, looks like everyone involved acted like a bunch of knuckleheads.
srogers13 says:
She did not order a White Russian, did she?
mmontisano says:
apparently there was a misunderstanding and an overreaction about their backpack as well.
sigmapete1 says:
Yeah if anyone catches a glimpse of a bare breast they might turn to stone!!

Stupid Puritanical values. Same value system that brought on witch hunts in the 1600s. You would think society would have matured by now.
snuffyword says:
Sorry to to tell you, sigmapete, that society is too much into political correctness than maturity. I give the Belgian mother a pass but I think the manager could have offered more assistance and other options for a solution. Would the cop have tasered the mother or the baby?
mjaber says:
I think the manager handled the situation poorly, and everything spiraled out of control from there. After the reaction she got from her poorly worded, poorly thought out request, she probably over-reacted during her call to the police, which caused the officer to think there was more going on than just a woman breastfeeding.

As is usually the case, everyone acted poorly. A request to move to a more private area is not an issue, in my mind. Asking her to go sit in the bathroom until her child is done (which could be up to 30 minutes, based on my own exerience with my wife and daughter), is absurd. There is now way you can tell me that they don't have a private room they could have offered to allow her to breastfeed in comfort and privacy.

This shouldn't even be a story. I wonder if the diplomat called the paper.
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