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Mom berated by customer for breast-feeding baby in Connecticut Target

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who was berated by a man who called her “disgusting” for breast-feeding her baby in public at a Target store is thanking customers and employees who defended her.

Jessie Maher captured part of the confrontation Monday in the cafe of a Torrington store on video and posted it to Facebook. The video was viewed nearly 3 million times and shared nearly 43,000 times by Tuesday afternoon.

Anybody know this asshole who verbally assaulted me in target this morning while I was breastfeeding my baby? (He’s wearing an Avon shirt) Before the video started rolling he looked at me and said (very angrily), “can’t you do that somewhere else?… That’s fucking disgusting.. You are nasty” (he said a few other things under his breath) I responded with, “I am feeding my baby, and I have the right to do it here…walk the fuck away..leave me the fuck alone” He responded with, (as he’s walking closer and closer to me and getting louder) “you are fucking disgusting…you are fucking disgusting…you are fucking disgusting…you whore” he said a bunch more bullshit that I can not remember ….by this point EVERYONE came to my defense! Target staff and shoppers… Then I started rolling the camera….

Posted by Jessie Maher on Monday, June 13, 2016

Maher says the man swore at her and insulted her. Maher is heard on the video saying she’s shaking.

One woman comes to her defense, saying: “You shouldn’t be ashamed of feeding your baby.” Two male Target employees then confront the man and escort him away from the cafe.

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Connecticut state law and Target policy protect nursing in public.