I was following the facebook event page, since I have no Hollister near me. I was shocked when Diana H. posted this picture of her and her sister at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, DE.
This is my sister being questioned by the police (I was questioned after her) because mall security reported us for exposing ourselves. The cop was once but says because the mall is private property, they can tell us to leave. We have a copy of the Delaware law with us but there is nothing about private property on here.
Outraged Michelle Deanruben called the local number for the mall.
Called at 4:05pm est.
spoke to Ethel in the mall office and told her I was calling with questions about the women whom mall security called the police on for feeding their babies. She said "what?!" I said again and she she said "oh no, hang on ill get them for you". She sounded genuinely appalled that they called the cops. Even coming back and saying "please don't hang up, they're comeing, it's very important"
Lt Revell(mall security not a real Lt) came on the line telling me first of "I wasn't here, I only heard about it" (which I see now was a lie) I asked for the names of the mall security officers who contacted the police and he said he can't give me that. I clarified "won't"
He told me "look I wasn't here, so I can only assume that they were called because the ladies had their breast hanging out"
Me: "they were breast feeding their children" then recited the the law for him
Me: "would they have been asked to leave or had the police called if they were not breastfeeding?"
Lt Revell "no, but people shouldn't have to see that. That ain't the right way"
He told me I'd have to call "captain mcqaid" on Monday for any other information
I tried to give him more information on state laws protecting breastfeeding mothers from such harassment he said he didn't need it.
I told him he did need it if his people were going to be calling the police or asking innocent mothers to leave for feeding their babies. He said "I don't know goodbye"
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After this incident I sent the owners of the Concord mall an email, stating that this whole situation is an absolute outrage. This is the response that I received.
On Saturday January 5, there was a protest organized at the Hollister store regarding a mother’s right to breastfeed her child. Two officers from a security agency that works with the Mall responded to the protest in a manner that the protesters have indicated was inappropriate. These two officers have been removed from the Mall pending further investigation.
The Concord Mall has never had an issue with any mother breastfeeding her children in the Mall and intends to fully comply with the law permitting this activity. We apologize to our customers and tenants and the protesters for any inconvenience this situation may have caused. The Concord Mall is making every effort to properly train all officers regarding a mother’s right to breastfeed her child.
In addition to this issue, there were anonymous postings on a Facebook page shortly after this event occurred allegedly generated by the Concord Mall. These posts were crude and offensive and were not posted nor authorized by the Concord Mall. The Mall does not have an official Facebook page and communicates via its web-site. There is a Facebook icon on our homepage, however the account has never been officially in use by the Mall.
We are in the process of contacting Facebook to report these violations and hope to find the person or persons responsible for these posts. Again, neither the Concord Mall nor anyone authorized to speak on behalf of the Concord Mall made these posts to this unofficial Facebook page.
Concord Mall Management
Own up Concord Mall.