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Belgian UN diplomat ejected from NY restaurant because of breastfeeding wife

12:56 01/07/2013

A UN diplomat from Belgium was left outraged after his family was thrown out of an upmarket New York state restaurant because his wife was breastfeeding, reports the Daily Mail. Tom Neijens, 36, and his 34-year-old wife, Roseline Remans claim they were treated like 'terrorists' at the Metropolis Country Club on June 8 in White Plains, New York.  The couple stopped at the golf club earlier this month and asked if they could eat in the dining room despite the fact they are not members. Once the couple were seated on the terrace, Remans then began to breastfeed the couple's daughter. The couple claim that a female manager told them to leave because they were upsetting other guests and to finish breastfeeding in the bathroom. When the couple protested, the Greenburgh police department were called, according to reports. The couple claim the police had their hands on their weapons as they approached them and told other diners to clear the terrace. The officer said that some people at the club thought Neijens was a 'terrorist' because of the black backpack he was carrying, local media reports claim. When Neijens revealed his government ID badge, he said that the officer's tone changed and more apologetically told them that the club had terrorism threats in the past. Metropolis Country Club had no comment on the allegations when contacted. Breastfeeding is legal anywhere in New York State. Neijens is first secretary of the Belgium Mission to the UN and is moving to Ethiopia with his family next month.

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I have not been commenting before the Bulletin articles, which I generally find good, but this one is... ridiculous, I am sorry to say. Either it is the summer time and nothing much to write about or this young Belgian diplomat needs a bit of publicity for one reason or another. Being myself from the diplomatic community, I have never before seen a diplomat wanting to become famous through breast feeding and I genuinely hope that this does not reflect the general level of the Belgian public service. Oh, well, perhaps it will all better there in Ethiopia!

Jul 1, 2013 17:32