1. Breastfeeding mum angry after a Muslim woman used a parent’s room cubicle as a prayer room meaning she had to feed her baby out in the open.
A breastfeeding mother has demanded her local Westfield put signage above the cubicles in the parent’s room saying they’re for the exclusive use of nursing mums after she was “inconvenienced” when she went to use a cubicle and it was taken up by a women praying.
She said she hopes no other mother has to “endure” what she did.
Tatiana, who did not use her last name, told The Leader she reluctantly decided to feed her son on the couch in the shared area of the room at Westfield Doncaster, Melbourne, with other kids running about and playing.
“As I continued to sit there and feed my baby, one of the toddlers whom I assumed was her child, pulled open the curtains and there was the woman on the floor praying,” Tatjana said.
“Now I don’t have issues with religion or praying, but I was shocked that this family thought it was OK to take up this room to pray, while my son was denied a feeding room.”
“I hope no other mother has to endure this, and I would like to see signage in these rooms explaining what they are used for.”
Tatjana said “I know I can feed anywhere I like, but at the moment, he’s so inquisitive that he wants to pull his head out all the time and it’s just easier to be somewhere quiet and private.”
Tatjana said she contacted centre management but was not happy to be told they would’t be acting to stop praying women from using the rooms.
Centre management told Tatjana it would only police the use of the cubicles if “publicly indecent or dangerous” activity was taking place.
Tatjana said it isn’t good enough, adding, “I thought it was a cop-out and brush of the shoulder response. I’m sure if I was in a prayer room feeding my baby, there would be outrage.”
2. Gable Tostee’s arrest record revealed.
Gable Tostee, who was yesterday found not guilty of the murder of New Zealander Warriena Wright after she plunged to her death from his 14th storey apartment in 2014, had been arrested before.
In 2006, Tostee was ordered to undertake 200 hours of community service for his role in a forgery racket, while two weeks before Ms Wright’s death Tostee was arrested and served six months jail for a high speed pursuit with police and drink driving.
The Courier Mail reports Tostee was the mastermind of the 2006 fake ID racket, along with two friends he provided perfect fake IDS for the schoolies crowd.
By the time police raided the three friends who ran it in late 2004 the business had brought in $30,000 for the trio.
Upon his arrest police found a perfect copy of a forged $50 note Tostee had reproduced.