Caroline Starmer claims a Primark security guard took a baby out of her arms in the store, but Primark says there's no proof.
The face of a mom who can't freaking believe it. (via Leicester Mercury)
This mom was shopping at popular U.K. store, Primark, when her baby started to get fussy. She describes the nightmare chain of events that followed:
My 9.5 month old daughter started crying, needing a feed and the queues were pretty long, so to save my daughter the upset, and the other customers too, I decided to find a quiet spot out the way of others and feed her discreetly. Within 5 minutes of doing so, I was approached by a security guard who asked me to vacate the premises to feed my daughter. I stood my ground and stated my rights, that I can legally feed where I want.. Just for the security officer to physically remove my daughter from my breast and walk down the store with her, saying if I wanted my daughter, then I was to come and get her. Obviously, I went and retrieved my daughter as soon as my senses got the better of me. And I went straight to the local police station afterwards to lodge a complaint.
My husband has been on the phone to the assistant manager of the primark store on and off all afternoon, and they said they would investigate it. However, since he admitted he could see me on cctv, he hasn't called back since. My confidence is shot, and my poor daughter hasn't been herself all afternoon.
Her post got an enormous amount of attention and Primark started investigating. This was a spokesman's statement to BuzzFeed News:
We have investigated this customer's allegation which we naturally take very seriously indeed. The CCTV footage, reviewed by store management, shows the customer in the Leicester store quite clearly during the time in question. We can see no evidence that she was approached by anyone during this period.
We have spoken to the security guards on duty. They categorically deny behaving in the way alleged. Furthermore the individuals do not fit the description given by the customer.
We have therefore concluded that the customer allegation is not supported by the available evidence to date. The company would obviously be happy to work with any police investigation into this incident, should this be needed.
This is a very intense example of He Said, She Said. If there's no proof, there's not much anyone can do, right? Still, if it's true, then holeeeeee sh*t, that is f*cked up! Lots of men (and women, to be fair) seem to take umbrage with public breastfeeding. Many have taken it upon themselves to shame mothers who are doing it. But to actually take a baby RIGHT OFF THE TIT is absolutely bananas!
Hopefully, if Starmer's story can't be corroborated by CCTV, there were some witnesses to her running after an entitled kidnapper with her boob out. For the purposes of justice, not humiliation. And if, somehow, Primark is vindicated, then at least we can get mad at this lady for diminishing the stories of moms who have experienced real outrages in her search for viral fame.Whatever happened, let's all agree to never do anything like this going forward. Okay? Okay.