- Posted July 22, 2014 by
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Sears Security Guard shares surveillance images of breastfeeding moms on Twitter
A security guard for a Sears store in Illinois twice shares images from the Sears surveillance cameras on Twitter of moms breastfeeding their babies while shopping in a Sears store. Sears has said little about this incident on social media, other than a brief statement that the employee involved has been terminated.
As a woman and a mother who has breastfed in public, I don't necessarily care if I am observed breastfeeding. I do, however, object strongly to images of me and my children being shared on social media without my consent, especially if the intent is to mock. I hope Sears will address this more directly, and assure their shoppers that they are doing more to address this. I feel like their corporate culture lacks rules and oversight that an employee would feel like they could get away with doing something like this. The employee directly involved may have been terminated but what other security guards are leering and sharing images more privately? I would ask Sears to provide more training to employees on privacy issues in general and on welcoming breastfeeding mothers in their stores.