Shop aplogises to new mother

Esquires staff member Alex Harrison, left, and Manager Gemma Hanson, right, with customer Lisa Lofthouse and her baby Sarah-Ann.'120159
Esquires staff member Alex Harrison, left, and Manager Gemma Hanson, right, with customer Lisa Lofthouse and her baby Sarah-Ann.'120159
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A SCARBOROUGH coffee house has apologised after a mother was thrown out of the packed shop for breast-feeding her new born daughter.

Lisa Lofthouse, 27, from Colescliffe Road, was left red-faced after being ejected from Esquires in the town centre – despite the presence of a sign only yards away welcoming breast-feeding mothers.

Mrs Lofthouse, who relies on state benefits, was then forced to spend almost £4 to feed her then four-week-old baby Sarah-Ann.

She said: “I was just sitting there, when all of a sudden I was told there had been a complaint and I had to leave. I was stunned.

“I’d never had a problem before and really, there was nothing I could do.

“She had just woken up and had wanted her feed, so she had to have something.

“I had to spend nearly £4, which is a lot to me, on doing something which I could have done myself for free. But what really annoyed me was that someone would complain about it.”

When the Evening News contacted Esquires, which is located inside the Brunswick Centre, the store’s owner, Steve Hall, said the incident was “simply not good enough.”

He has promised to launch an internal investigation into how it happened, and insists staff will receive additional training to make sure there is not a repeat performance.

He added: “Staff should still be aware of company policy, especially when there’s a sign up telling them it a few feet away.”

Mrs Lofthouse said: “I just hope that this doesn’t happen again, as really, it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

“I also hope that it doesn’t put people off doing it, as it’s taken years for it to be accepted. Also people shouldn’t be shocked about seeing it.”