A North Dakota mother says she was kicked out of a Chick-fil-A restaurant for breastfeeding.
On Jan. 13, Macy Hornung took to Facebook to recount the incident, which took place at the West Acres location in Fargo.
"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," Hornung recalls.
"I tried to explain that I couldn't, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover."
Although Hornung cited the state's breastfeeding laws, which protect her right to feed in a public location, the owner still threatened to kick the mother out if she refused to comply.
After Hornung shared the story and captured the attention of thousands on the internet, the restaurant owner apologized.
"I would like to publicly apologize to Macy Hornung for the way I handled the situation on Saturday," Hornung says the owner wrote her. "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."
Yet despite the apology, the incident continued to spark debate on the internet.
"Thanks for standing up for yourself and other breastfeeding mothers and knowing your rights! It is 2018, shame to see that happening," commented one person. "Gross she said children are present. They should be AND taught it is not only normal, specially in most of world but USA, AND they shouldn't be ashamed of it."
"There are literally Victorian era prints of women breastfeeding in church without covers," added another on the Daily Mail's comments section. "Think about it: VICTORIANS understood it. Yet here we are in 2018 and wussy men can't handle seeing them outside of Victoria's Secret catalogs."
However, others sided with the owner.
"I believe you have the right to breast feed, but out of respect for others you should have the decency to cover up," chimed in one. "Not everyone want to see your breast. and the ones that do, would make YOU feel violated."
"Don't cover the baby then," added another. "Drape a petty silk scarf across YOUR chest trailing over your shoulder so everything is covered but the baby and nipple. I am a woman, and I don't want to see anyone's chest when I am having my dinner."