This Is Absurd! Barista Shamed Pregnant Woman For Ordering Coffee, Sparking Firestorm On Social Media

May 24, 2019

What is wrong with people these days? Instances of ridiculous mom-shaming are getting increasingly common, and there are many harmless things that pregnant women and moms do that set shamers off.

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One woman went on Reddit to vent about the strangest thing that happened to her at a coffee shop. The woman, 36 weeks pregnant, went to get a coffee, and a stranger went totally ballistic on her for “harming the baby”.

Here’s the story in full:

Random woman literally took away my coffee? Is this grounds for murder? from r/BabyBumps

If you’re wondering if the old lady was right, it’s a well-known fact that women with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies can drink moderate amounts of caffeinated drinks without harming themselves and their babies. Moreover, the expecting mom specifically mentioned that her doctor said some coffee was OK for her!

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Still, some people continue to assume they know better and give uncalled-for lectures to pregnant ladies. British comedian Tiffany Stevenson witnessed such a scene at a Sturbucks in London and it left her fuming. Naturally, she chose not to remain silent.

Tiffany went on Twitter and shared the story:

The woman, who was too upset to say anything to the barista, thanked Tiffany for standing up for her, the comedian told TODAY Parents.

In their response to TODAY Parents, Starbucks reps were diplomatic, but didn’t go into specifics of the incident:

As a matter of policy, we trust our customers to make decisions that are right for them, and we take pride in creating a welcoming, warm environment in our stores.

Reactions on social media

Tiffany’s followers had some pretty strong reactions to the story. Most of them sided with the women, and some recalled similar incidents that happened in their lives:

And what do you think? Was the barista’s behavior a breach of ethics, or was it justified?