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Target Customer Harasses Breast-Feeding Mom (Video)

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A Connecticut woman was verbally assaulted in a Target store for breast-feeding her baby (video below). 

Jessie Maher was visiting the Target in Torrington, Connecticut, with her baby, reports WTIC.  Maher says she found a quiet corner of the store to sit and breast-feed her infant child when an unidentified male customer passed by and began hurling insults.  

The man looked at Maher angrily and asked, "Can't you do that somewhere else?  That's f------ disgusting," reports WTIC.  Maher, who was filming the incident on her phone, also alleges the man called her a "whore." 

Maher claims she responded that she had the right to breast-feed her child and that he should "walk the f--- away."  The man allegedly then complained to the store's staff and asked for a refund for his purchases. 

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As the commotion ensues on the video, another patron approaches Maher and offers her support. "You shouldn't be ashamed of feeding your baby, OK?" the female customer says. "He can go the other way.  This is a beautiful moment right now, if he doesn't like it he can go."  

As the Target staff arrives, they stand in between Maher and the disgruntled customer and usher the man out of the store.  Maher later wrote on her Facebook page that one of the male employees "was so sweet… He kept saying, 'It's your right to nurse wherever you want here.'"  

Target's employee handbook states that "guests may openly breastfeed in our stores," and adds that "Target's policy supports breastfeeding in any area of our stores, including our fitting rooms, even if others are waiting," reports The Huffington Post.

In addition, breast-feeding in public is a legally protected right in Connecticut. 

WARNING: Graphic language.

Sources: WTIC, The Huffington Post, YouTube / Photo credit: Target

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