I can barely see through my anger and disgust right now. I’m going to let the story speak for itself.
The mother of a five-month-old baby was followed and questioned by police and security guards after she used a parents’ room at Westfield Marion to express breast milk, earlier this month.
Sharleen Salmon, who works at Marion, said she felt harassed and was embarrassed after a woman and a female cleaner at the shopping centre complained to police and centre security about her using the room during her half-hour lunch break.
The young mum, who has recently returned to work in the hair and beauty industry, to support her family, said “I was in a private area (in the parents room) behind the curtain and this cleaner just walked in on me and watched what I was doing.
“She told me the parents room was for parents and breastfeeding only – and that I wasn’t allowed to eat lunch in there.”
Ms Salmon, who expresses milk once a day, said she was followed back to work by a security guard and a police officer, who said a formal complaint had been made to centre management.
“They told me that a little kid had been running around in the parents room and had briefly seen what I was doing and had complained to its mum,” she said.
“The mum then complained to security and the cleaner came in to inspect what I was doing.
“They told me the complaint was that there was a topless woman eating her lunch in the parents room. It’s tough enough that I have to do this during my break, but for a complaint to be made about me doing it, is really upsetting.”
What. The. Fuck.