A new Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Dakota that had barely opened its doors to the public is now facing major social media backlash after asking a nursing mother to leave the restaurant.
Macy Hornung recently attended a soft opening of a Chick-fil-A in Fargo, North Dakota, only to be asked to leave immediately because she decided to breastfeed her child at the table. Hornung voiced her opinion about the incident on Facebook later, writing, "The owner basically kicked me out for breastfeeding without a cover." Since then, her post has gone viral, igniting quite a stir on the internet.
"The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt, and asked me to cover," the post read. "I tried to explain that I couldn't because my baby refuses to be covered."
Hornung said the manager then began to make a scene, "harping" about the children and men who could see her "indecency." Luckily, Hornung had done her homework on the matter: She told the manager that those who felt uncomfortable could simply look away, before citing the North Dakota breastfeeding laws.
Before gathering her things, Hornung told the manager that she would be reporting the incident on Facebook, so everyone could see how uncooperative and insensitive the owner was acting.
Facebook users were quick to respond to Hornung's post with a voice of sympathy.
“I do not ever plan on eating there. I breast fed all my children. People need to have respect for moms discreetly feeding their babies. Just look away, or move tables,” once Facebook user wrote.
“I’m sorry momma. I totally know how it is with a cover. And it’s so difficult, especially for newborns still getting the hang of it or those with latch issues. No need to hide what God intended women for!” added another.
Some users, however, weren't as quick to agree.
“I do not enjoy it at all when I am eating at one of your restaurants or any other one and a nursing mom is being a nasty person when the people ask her to cover up,” a commenter wrote.
“Good for the owners of Chick-fil-A! I don’t want to eat there and see your breast,” added another.
In response to the fiery Facebook debate, the restaurant's owner, Kimberly Flamm, issued a public apology to Hornung via the franchise's Facebook page.
“I would like to publicly apologize to Macy Hornung for the way I handled the situation on Saturday. I ask for your forgiveness on this matter as I learn from it. My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests.”
We were glad to hear, at least, that Hornung received a public apology — and that the restaurant may handle things differently going forward. But what a debate! What do you think: Did Chick-fil-A handle this matter correctly?
See what Hornung has to say in the video below: