A mum-to-be has accused a barista of ‘womb shaming’ after he questioned her decision to drink caffeine during pregnancy.
Comedian, Tiffany Stevenson, opened up about the awkward moment in a Twitter thread, where she detailed how a Starbucks employee allegedly imposed his opinions on the woman.
“Unbelievable bit of womb bothering in Starbucks (when a) pregnant woman got her Caramel Macchiato,” she began.
Tiffany went on to explain how the barista allegedly asked the pregnant customer if she meant to order her coffee decaf, as the alternative would be ‘bad for the baby’.
The quip inspired the woman to stand by her order, telling the barista: “It’s fine, I have one a day”.
But this wasn’t enough to quash his unsolicited concern, telling the customer, she ‘shouldn’t’ drink coffee while pregnant.
“It’s bad for the baby so that’s why I’m saying it,” he claimed.
Unbelievable bit of womb bothering in Starbucks at services . A pregnant woman got her Caramel Macchiato and the guy behind the counter said— Tiffany Stevenson (@tiffstevenson) May 18, 2019
‘Oh , it’s for you . Do you want me to make a decaf?’
She said ‘No, thanks’
Him ‘No I should because caffeine is bad for the baby’
Following this, Tiffany also claims to have chimed into the discussion telling the man his comments were ‘unbelievable’ and he should ‘stop it’.
“Are they also doing Ob/Gyn training at Starbucks these days?” she later asked her followers.
Pregnant women are advised to limit their caffeine intake to 200mg a day, according to NHS advice – this is equivalent to two cups of instant coffee.
Not that she should have to justify herself to a barista, but the pregnant woman’s daily coffee fell well within these guidelines: a tall latte macchiato from Starbucks contains between 150 and 170mg of caffeine.
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