Scottish parents told “don’t tube feed your 15 month old disabled child your making customers sick get out and never come back”

Costa Coffee shop chain kick us out over disabled tot
Claire, Kenneth and Brayden Walker

Fury … staff at cafe threw Claire, Kenneth and Brayden out
Reposted from an Exclusive By PAUL THORNTON and ANDREW NICOLL Published: 22 hrs ago
  SHOCKED mum Claire Walker got the boot from a Costa Coffee shop — for feeding her disabled baby using a tube.

Staff ordered her out after claiming the sound of poorly Brayden’s lifesaving medical kit was putting a moaning customer off her latté.

They even warned Claire, 29, and stunned hubby Kenneth, 44, of Aberdeen, NEVER to return to the branch in the city with their 15-month-old son. Last night disgusted Claire said: “We were outraged but so taken aback we left.

“Nobody bats an eyelid at women breast-feeding in public.

“But when you feed a child through a tube they’re outraged.

“I was sickened that somebody could be so shallow.”

Brayden suffers from serious kidney condition posterior urethral valves and needs 24-hour care. His doting parents use a machine to feed him precise quantities of milk and vital medication through a tube.

Claire went on: “Brayden gets air through it while he feeds. A woman near us told staff he was putting her and her friend off their coffee as they could hear the wind in his tube.

“The staff said it was making other customers uncomfortable and could we stop and leave.

“They said not to come back — I assumed that they meant ‘ever’.

“Costa have not contacted me. An apology would be nice.”

Disability campaigners said the family’s treatment at the Bon Accord Centre cafe last week was “shocking”. Capability Scotland’s Richard Hamer added: “It seems the everyday lives of disabled children are too much for some people to stomach. Costa must take action to show they won’t tolerate such discrimination.”

Claire’s MSP Kevin Stewart said: “Common sense and courtesy shouldn’t have allowed this.”

A Costa spokesman apologised and said: “We are looking into this isolated incident.”

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Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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