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Nosy Sanctimommy Waitress Fired After She Calls The Cops On Drinking, Breastfeeding Mom
Waitress Jackie Conners says she was fired from her job at Gusano’s Pizzeria in Conway, Ark. after calling the cops on a restaurant patron who was drinking alcohol and breastfeeding her child at the same time.
Conners says that she witnessed a “wasted” Tasha Adams, 28, consume “drink after drink” and eventually called the police.Â AdamsÂ was booked (that’s her mugshot you see above, where she admittedly does look like she’s been having maybe too much fun) and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. A few days later, Jackie Conners was fired, even though her former employer says her firing had nothing to do with the fact that she called the police on a customer.
Conners told local news outlet KARK 4:
â€œMe being a mom, and just seeing something like that and seeing a baby that canâ€™t speak for itself having a parent do something like that is just unacceptable.”
My reaction to this story can be summed up as:I know, I know, child endangerment and blah blah blah but really. What another mother does with her child is no one elses’ business. Conners had no way of knowing how much Adams was really drinking, how much she was feeding her baby, or what was really going on at her table. Sure, I’d side-eye some lady who was drinking a beer while breastfeeding, too, but ultimately it’s her baby and her body, not mine to make assumptions about.
Cases like this constantly remind me of how much women’s bodies are policed in our society. From a pregnant Kate MiddletonÂ shamed for wearing heels to the ridiculous celebrity baby weight loss races to the recent case of Sara McKenna, who lost custody of her child after she “fled” to attend college with her fetus still in her belly, it seems like the clear message we receive is that when you become a mother, your body becomes public property. While I in no way condone endangering a child by getting him or her drunk via breastmilk, I find it incredibly troubling that a woman felt the need to call the cops on another woman who was in public, living her life. Not to mention that the cops saw fit to arrest her! Strangely, I haven’t been able to find any information as to whether Adams was actually drunk or not (no blood alcohol levels or anything like that), either, to see if the charge was warranted or not.
FYI: Levels of alcohol in breastmilk reportedly peak about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption. Although research says about 2% of alcohol consumed by a mother can pass to breastmilk, there’s no clear guideline on how much a woman can drink before passing on unsafe levels of alcohol to a nursing baby.
Photo: Faulkner County Booked