Mom Asked To Conceal Her Breast Feeding Plans Protest

A woman who was asked to cover herself while breast feeding at a Denny's restaurant in western North Carolina says she plans to protest.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that Crystal Everitt said she was discriminated against when approached by a manager about feeding her 1-year-old son.

The 28-year-old mother said she will hold a nurse-in protest this weekend. She said if managers apologize, mothers will have lunch at the restaurant.

Restaurant officials said Everitt wasn't asked to leave, but to conceal herself or move to a more private area.

Regional director of operations Rick Pate said Everitt "was exposed in a manner that was causing discomfort toward other guests to the point of them complaining to management and leaving the restaurant."


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  • by Ben Church Location: Greensboro, NC on Mar 2, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    First, NC has laws in place that protect the rights of mothers to breast feed in public place. NC law also exempts mothers from indecency laws when they are breastfeeding. I think it is absurd to applaud the manager for disregarding state law and asking the mother to hide herself. The manager made a decision to please the masses, but in doing so, he disregarded state law and infringed upon the rights of one of his patrons. It doesn't matter if every single other customer at the Denny's was offended, Ms. Everett was within her right to feed her child. And to the commenter that stated "When I take the time to go out to dinner, I wish to have a nice meal without having to look at someone else's boob hung out for all to see," might I suggest that if you want to have a nice meal at a nice restaurant, the first thing you might want to do is go somewhere other than Denny's...
  • by Lee Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    I just get jealous when I see the baby getting something better than what I'm eating. I don't have a problem with it myself as my 2 kids were breastfed by my wife. However, she was very discreet about it when out in the public. I don't think it's fair to criticize the restaurant managers. They were only responding to other customers requests and it's not like they asked her to leave or perform some impossible task. They have more than just the one customer to contend with. What time is the protest? I wouldn't mind going to see this.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    It's only the closet Christians that mind. Sinners like me love to see it. Keep up the good work baby. It is not a perfect world.
  • by Aly on Feb 17, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    A poster below wrote the following; "The act of breast feeding is just a natural as urination and defication. Do you do that in public where everyone can view?" Wow. It's so wrong to compare feeding your baby with going to the bathroom! But coming to think of it I guess there must be people like that because when I had my first baby in 1973 I was expected to sit on a public toilet to breastfeed her. (Even when I tried to nurse her by the sinks in the bathroom, some women were grossed out to see a little babies head under my shirt)! With my second baby in 1987 I decided I wasn't going to subject my baby or myself to that this time around. We've come a long way but we have to keep pushing for our rights to feed our babies where and when they need to be fed.
  • by jenny whitley Location: greenville on Feb 16, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    i am a breatfeeding mother of 5, while i do cover up,for my modest. I don't see why yall don't throw a big fit, when in the summer most woman are running away half naked in all hanging out, i guess thats fine.I think its the feeding part people don't like,not the breast!
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Feb 14, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    Ya know, ya'll are doing all this complaining about a woman breast feeding. But what do you think about man boobs, or moobs? They are everywhere, it is nothing to look around in the summer time and see some man with a D-cup running around without a shirt. I think I am going to start complaining about that. It is not natural!
  • by S Location: Washington,NC on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    These comments are so interesting,especially the ones from the "me" generation that could care less about anyone except themselves....When I take the time to go out to dinner, I wish to have a nice meal without having to look at someone else's boob hung out for all to see...I am a woman & breastfeeding is natural, I have no problem with that....but I cannot fathom why anyone cannot do it with class & dignity. Any woman with any self-respect for themselves would have no problem feeding their child in a discreet manner. Thank you management for looking after your clientele & not forcing most people to watch these mothers feed their children in public with no discretion or thoughts to other diners feelings...
  • by Mary on Feb 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    I get very offended when I am sitting in the Denny's here in greenville and smoke makes it's way to my table in the non-smoking area. I wonder if I complain can I have them forced the people to stop smoking or possibly removed if they refuse to stop smoking. Hmmm maybe I will try that next time I am there. Maybe I will try that when I go there on the 22nd for the nurse-in.
  • by mom too Location: enc on Feb 14, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    As a mother, I have always put my needs AFTER my children's needs. Therefore, I would have been home feeding my child first and kept my breast concealed. Denny's had every right to ask this of this mother. They have several customers not just that one. Like every democracy, the majority rules and apparently the majority was uncomfortable with her exposure for whatever reason.
  • by Joseph Location: lenoir county on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    I wonder if she mooned somebody would the people complain? After all it's legal and as for me I would rather see a breast than a butt.
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