I was waitressing at a restaurant in NYC at the time. It was a beautiful June night and it was late, close to 11 pm late. I was the only server on, we were packed, and I had a party of eight on the back patio. Okay, nothing I can't handle.
A woman in the patio party had a baby less than a year old. I get everyone's drink orders no prob. I than ask new mom what I could get for her (stupid me for thinking she'd want a mineral water) she orders a Blood Orange Martini.
A few min later I'm dropping the drinks and I drop hers last. That's when I actually notice she is breast feeding. I was paralyzed with shock as she chugged her drink while her son was latched on and feeding.
Worst mother ever! She had three or four specialty martinis, AND four or five beers all the while she was breast feeding.
I was fucking horrified. Her baby was getting shitfaced on a Saturday, in a bar, with loud music.
I actually did cut her off earlier. However, her other seven comrades would just order for her.
Now, riddle me this Batman; in what circumstance on this whole entire planet of earth is it ok to get shitfaced with an infant latched on to your breast? That tiny little person you made, carried and delivered deserves far more than that.
Anyway, after I dropped the second martini I asked her if it was safe for her to be drinking because, alcohol gets secreted into the lactation ducts and the baby is drinking what you're drinking.
Well, that didn't go over well. She screamed, shouted, insulted me and told me how stupid I was.
To which I retorted, "Ma'am, I don't care about you or what you do. For all I care you can go three blocks south to Tompkins Square Park and score heroin for all I care. But, that baby doesn't have a choice."
I was so disturbed by the whole thing I went downstairs and peeled my manager away from "mad primo shit" (his words). I explained the situation and said, "I cannot in good conscience continue to wait on the party. I refuse to lend a helping hand to fetal alcohol syndrome."
Well, that eight-ball must have been some 'good primo shit' because he flew upstairs, added the bill, added a 30% gratuity and threw it on the table. We both just stood there staring until the bill was paid in cash. And, they got banned for life as well.