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Double Shot's Breastfeeding Ban Promptly, Sarcastically Lifted

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Apparently asked to define "irony" and "double entendre" in one fell swoop, the owner of the Double Shot Coffee Company in Tulsa announced on Monday a ban on breastfeeding in his establishment. In a since-removed Twitter post on the @TheDoubleShot account, Brian Franklin wrote, "Notice: No breastfeeding at the DoubleShot. Thank you." And as expected, angry moms responded in droves.

Local news affiliate FOX23 reported the message was retweeted across the globe and, with it being World Breastfeeding Week, Franklin's tweet got extra attention. Responses ranged from "I live in Tulsa and am thinking you may change your tune if you had to listen to my hungry baby cry for just 5min" to "Wow, don't look then. Seems like babies have the right to eat like the rest of us. ;)"

After an hour of the outrage, Franklin lifted the ban, but managed to dispel any good will from women already familiar with passive-aggressiveness. In a series of three quick Twitter posts, he wrote:

"Settle down, folks. We just don't like walking across the room and seeing your breast. Maybe you could do it in private."

"Ok ok, breastfeeding allowed again at the DoubleShot. Hey! Breastfeeding all around. :)"

"I was just kidding anyway. Didn't expect that blow up. Sorry to get you guys riled up."

And if his "Whatsamatter gals, can't take a joke?" tone wasn't enough, Franklin released a sarcastic screed to FOX23 News:

"Some of the people angry about this were concerned for their individual rights and the right of their baby to eat. It is as if I had tried to pass a law banning the practice of breastfeeding universally. The fact is, these people aren't concerned with individual rights. They are concerned with THEIR rights. They would not fight for my right to ban breastfeeding in my establishment if I chose to do so. I don't mind if people breastfeed in the DoubleShot, but it's funny to me that people don't consider the rights of others; only their own. If one really believes in the American dream of individual rights, they must believe in the rights of others to do or think or say things they don't agree with. My capitalist ideals tell me that business owners should be able to make their own rules and individuals should then decide if they want to support that business or not. As it is, the over-regulation of our government seems to step in and tell us everything that we can and can't do. I agree with the rights of people to boycott businesses they dislike, though in this case, people are mislead [sp]. We allow breastfeeding and women do breastfeed when they want."

Yeah, ladies! It's within Franklin's rights to dismiss your rights and become righteously indignant about your refusal to honor his right to dismiss your rights.

What don't you understand?
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