Country club boots Belgian diplomat for breast-feeding
It wasn't a failure to remove a hat in the clubhouse or a pair of frayed khaki shorts on the course that caused a Belgian diplomat and his family to be kicked out of Metropolis Country Club, a golf club in White Plains, N.Y., last month. For what has to be their first offense at a golf course –- or anywhere for that matter -– breasts were the culprit.
In an interview with the New York Post, Tom Neijens, first secretary of the Belgium Mission to the United Nations, claims the police treated his family like "terrorists" when the police booted them off the premises as Neijens and his wife, Roseline Remans, tried to enjoy lunch on the outside terrace of the club with their daughter, Luka. Neither Neijens nor his wife is member of the private club, but Neijens said he asked the club if his family could have lunch there.
According to the Post, Neijens said they were asked to leave once Remans began to "discreetly" breast-feed her daughter at the table, and his wife was instructed to conclude the feeding in the bathroom.
“You don’t ask a person to have lunch in the restroom -- why would you ask a baby to have lunch there?” Neijens said.
Neijens describes the scene when Greenburgh Police Department arrived as such:
Detective Scott Harding allegedly yelled, “Close the doors!” and two other diners were told to leave the terrace.
“He was walking as if he was acting in a Western movie,” Neijens said. “He had one hand on his gun, one hand on his Taser.”
Neijens said the officer warned the couple they were trespassing and said some people at the club thought they were terrorists because of their black backpack.
When Remans, on the verge of tears, questioned why terrorists would breast-feed at a ritzy club, the cop allegedly replied, “In Sri Lanka, babies are used by terrorists.”
The police department tells a different story. One that takes the blame off the bosoms.
According to The Journal News, Greenburgh Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo said the eviction was simply because the family was trespassing.
“I guess in Belgium, you could just show up at a private country club and eat,” DeCarlo said. “They shouldn’t have been there in the first place. There’s plenty of restaurants in Greenburgh. I would have recommended Benjamin’s, putting it on the Belgian credit card.”