(CNN) – A woman breast-feeding her baby in a Target store in Torrington says she was verbally assaulted by a man who she says found her nursing her baby in public to be disgusting. Customers and store employees came to her aid.
“Because I am feeding my baby this man is going crazy and I’m shaking.”
Jessie Maher of Collinsville says she’s still in shock that anyone would want to verbally abuse her for nursing her one month old daughter Zinnia. “He asked me if I could do it somewhere else and then he started just to say that it was fling disgusting and he kept repeating that and then he ended up calling me a whore.”
It happened in the dining area of the store. You can hear on the video a woman sitting nearby immediately come to her defense.
“You shouldn’t be ashamed of feeding your baby. He can go the other way. This is a beautiful moment. If he doesn’t like it he can go. She’s disrespectful to me. Why? Then don’t look okay? What are you my mother? I’m here to protect her.
The amount of people coming at me to defend me was amazing. Everyone that was right in that area was there for me defending me, so it felt really good.”
You can see the target employees in their red shirts trying to get the man to move away from the area. He apparently left the store very shortly thereafter. Ms. Maher posted the video on Facebook and it already has had more than a thousand shares. People commenting in support of her. One writes kudos to the target employees and customers that stood up for you and kept him away from you.
Another says, “Good job standing your ground. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. With all the hate going on in the world. You pick your battles. This is not a battle to fight. A woman feeding her baby. It’s pretty ridiculous he needs to know that and other people need to know that too.”
Ms. Maher says the Target employees told her she was free to breast feed her baby anywhere in the store. And we reached out to target media relations and they confirm they allow nursing inside their store. Meantime Ms. Maher says she intends to contact police and file a police report.