SHOCKED mum Claire Walker got the boot from a Costa Coffee shop — for feeding her disabled baby using a tube.

Staff ordered her out after claiming the sound of poorly Brayden’s lifesaving medical kit was putting a moaning customer off her latté.


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They even warned Claire, 29, and stunned hubby Kenneth, 44, of Aberdeen, NEVER to return to the branch in the city with their 15-month-old son. Last night disgusted Claire said: “We were outraged but so taken aback we left.

“Nobody bats an eyelid at women breast-feeding in public.

“But when you feed a child through a tube they’re outraged.

“I was sickened that somebody could be so shallow.”

Brayden suffers from serious kidney condition posterior urethral valves and needs 24-hour care. His doting parents use a machine to feed him precise quantities of milk and vital medication through a tube.

Claire went on: “Brayden gets air through it while he feeds. A woman near us told staff he was putting her and her friend off their coffee as they could hear the wind in his tube.

“The staff said it was making other customers uncomfortable and could we stop and leave.

“They said not to come back — I assumed that they meant ‘ever’.

“Costa have not contacted me. An apology would be nice.”

Disability campaigners said the family’s treatment at the Bon Accord Centre cafe last week was “shocking”. Capability Scotland’s Richard Hamer added: “It seems the everyday lives of disabled children are too much for some people to stomach. Costa must take action to show they won’t tolerate such discrimination.”

Claire’s MSP Kevin Stewart said: “Common sense and courtesy shouldn’t have allowed this.”

A Costa spokesman apologised and said: “We are looking into this isolated incident.”

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