Twitter Fires Back at Male Starbucks Barista Who ‘Womb-Shamed’ a Pregnant Customer

“Mansplaining pregnancy is the ultimate mansplain.”
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By Stephanie Grassullo, Associate Editor
Published May 20, 2019
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Once you become pregnant, you’re a walking target for people to share their unsolicited advice. And there’s something about a pregnant woman drinking coffee that inspires the peanut gallery to weigh in. An expectant mom recently found herself in this predicament after ordering coffee at Starbucks. Luckily, Tiffany Stevenson was a bystander at the scene of the crime and jumped in to put the barista in his place.

“Unbelievable bit of womb bothering in Starbucks,” Stevenson writes in a tweet. “A pregnant woman got her Caramel Macchiato and the guy behind the counter said, ‘Oh, it’s for you. Do you want me to make a decaf?’”

When the mom reiterated that she wanted caffeine in her coffee, the barista preached on the dangers this posed for her unborn child. After explaining she has one cup of coffee a day, the Starbucks employee, who Stevenson says was about 30 years old, continued to shame her. Coming to her defense, Stevenson jumped in with the perfect rhetorical question. “Are you a man, telling a woman what she should and shouldn’t have during a pregnancy?”

Perhaps the barista thought he was well-versed in the suggested coffee intake during pregnancy, but he must have missed the memo that doctors say it’s okay to have one cup per day. Moms on Twitter fired back to stand in solidarity with the mom-to-be.

“I have three perfect children nicely brewed in utero with a smidge of caffeine to keep mama sane. Woe betide anyone that got between me and my one precious coffee a day,” one mom jokes.

“Mansplaining pregnancy is the ultimate mansplain,” comments another.

“First thing I learned from watching people be idiots to my wife: Never give a pregnant woman your unsolicited opinion about her pregnancy. Ever. She doesn’t want it. You’re not qualified,” a husband writes..

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