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Staples CEO: Breastfeeding Ruins the Economy


The lesson: Conservatives will always find a way to pin the blame for any issue on women.

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  • Women should be able to breastfeed…just not, you know, poor or middle class working women..he seems to be saying.

    • DrDick

      I think it is rather more that if you are not rich enough to stay at home and do it there, your do not deserve to be able to breastfeed your children.

      • Precisely.

      • Neither, actually.

        He’s saying that he should not have to be burdened with broads taking time off the assembly line to find a private spot to drain their boobies to take home to feed their babbies.

        If they can’t do that in public, they shouldn’t have babies. After all, men pee all over the place, yet no one ever complains.

      • BigHank53

        Easy thing to say when your net worth is over 200 million.

      • Warren Terra

        This is of course the message when he says that his wife breastfed. I somehow suspect that she did not have to worry about retaining a poorly paid hourly wage in the service industry when she did so.

        • Yes, but breastfeeding the pool boy doesn’t really count.

          • BigHank53

            If anyone gave a shit about poor people, they wouldn’t be poor, amirite?


  • My suspicion is that HCR encourages employers to let women know of any places where they can be afforded the privacy to bottle their milk, but this asshole has decided, “No no! They mean that companies have to install booths!”

    • ploeg

      One would think that, even if Tractor Supply had to construct a booth, they could very easily do it with spare parts laying around the store. Think of it as a challenge.

      • Yes, true, but this guy’s point is that you extend that across…what did he say? 30,000 stores?…and you’re talking real money.

        Not that he wouldn’t have a point, if it wasn’t hidden behind the straw man of IT DOESN”T HAVE TO BE DONE!

        • ploeg

          Well that was his point, wasn’t it, that it didn’t have to be done. Because Tractor Supply is such a butch place and you wouldn’t see a woman within ten miles of a Tractor Supply. (Apart from the two women behind the counter and the women coming in to buy parts for the farm, that is.)

          • Spud

            You would think that a workplace full of guys wouldn’t mind if the female workers are exposing their breasts

            • They aren’t getting used for sexy enough purposes.

            • ploeg

              Go to equine if you’re into that sort of sexytime, thankyouverymuch.

          • rea

            Because Tractor Supply is such a butch place and you wouldn’t see a woman within ten miles of a Tractor Supply.

            And besides, women breast feeding might offend all the gay guys cruising the store.

    • Murc

      “No no! They mean that companies have to install booths!”

      Shades of the ADA all over again, when employers tried to argue with a straight face that it would mean installing special elevators and replacing every single desk in all workplaces across the entire nation, as opposed to needing to buy ONE desk at ground level in order to accommodate the one dude they hired who happens to be in a wheelchair, as opposed to being able to say “Get out of here, cripple. God, a real man would kill himself rather than live like that.”

      • ploeg

        Indeed. It seems that the space in question could be satisfied by setting up a couple of partitions and a table in the back room as needed. I think that it concedes too much to say that whatshisface has a point if Tractor Supply store had to get these items for every store.

        QUESTION: Do employers need to create a permanent, dedicated space for use by nursing mother employees?

        ANSWER: No. A space temporarily created or converted into a space for expressing milk or made available when needed by the nursing mother is sufficient provided that the space is shielded from view, and free from any intrusion from co-workers and the public. The location provided must be functional as a space for expressing breast milk. If the space is not dedicated to the nursing mothers’ use, it must be available when needed in order to meet the statutory requirement. Of course, employers may choose to create permanent, dedicated space if they determine that is the best way to meet their obligations under the law.

        QUESTION: Do employers have to provide a lactation space even if they don’t have any nursing mother employees?

        ANSWER: No. The statute requires employers to provide a space for a nursing employee “each time such employee has need to express the milk.” If there is no employee with a need to express breast milk, then the employer would not have an obligation to provide a space.

  • patrick II

    The biological reality of people is pouring sand into the polished machinery of the free market.

  • creature

    Looks like the Invisible Hand slaps the the visible tit.

    • Hogan

      Balloon Juice has a tag: “Show me on the doll where the invisible hand touched you.”

    • BigHank53

      Sometimes the Invisible Hand has time left over after fishing all the cash out of your wallet.

  • OT– I can’t help but notice that the current Popular Search cloud says this at the top:

    “loomis sucks dick” “loomis is gay” “loomis drives a… ben shapiro

    I had no idea Ben Shapiro was a car. I thought he just a douchey little wingnut welfare guy.

    • I think it is Reality Check doing this. It is very amusing. I neither confirm nor deny the accusations.

      • mark f

        I do not drive a Ben Shapiro. I have never driven a Ben Shapiro.

        • DocAmazing

          Have you driven a Ben Shapiro lately?

      • Warren Terra

        Your neither confirming nor denying is precisely what I’d expect someone like you to do.

      • Well, I sure as shit wouldn’t admit to “driving” Ben Shapiro.

        • BigHank53

          Noisy, slow, and recalcitrant, the Ben Shapiro offers such an unpleasant experience that it cannot be recommended. A complete redesign is required to meet even the minimum requirements of the modern driver.

          –Consumer Reports

          • Makes it inmpossible to turn left.

        • Incidentally, most people don’t know this because it was only released on DVD, but “Driving Ben Shapiro” was the spectacularly unsuccessful sequel to “Driving Miss Daisy.”

      • efgoldman

        I think it is Reality Check doing this.

        You sure its not some of your brighter bulb stoonts? URI is right up there with UMass as a drinking school. Just sayin’

    • Malaclypse

      Not that I would ever use Mozilla to block the fine advertisers of this or any site, but that search cloud was absolutely worth firing up IE. Grape nuts? Hot sopa steunenberg?

      And Erik? Friends don’t let friends drive Ben Shapiro.

  • thebewilderness

    Women have ruined the economy so many times it is a wonder that this poor mans business has survived it. First they wanted the vote which totally ruined the economy. They they wanted equal pay which completely destroyed the economy. Then they wanted to work without having to have sex with the boss to keep their job which totally trashed the economy by inconveniencing men like this in the most dire dreadful way. Now they want to “have it all” by working and feeding babies in the same place, which will clearly put this poor man out of business and there will be no more economy.
    It will be gone. Destroyed by women having babies and working for a living.
    Oh my dear paws and whiskers, get the fainting couch, quick.

    • Spud

      Oh my dear paws and whiskers, get the fainting couch, quick.

      I am definitely going to have to name my fictional indie rock band, “Fainting Couch”

      • Left_Wing_Fox

        Oh the Jonah Goldberg variant, “The Farting Couch”

        • I’m a tad embarrassed by how amusing I found this.

    • saucyturtles

      Right – this finish off any businesses that weren’t destroyed by the FMLA in the 90s.

      • saucyturtles

        *will finish off…sorry

  • JupiterPluvius

    Obviously these ladies should be leaving their jobs for lucrative work as wetnurses to the children of the 1%.

    • sparks

      Children? Executives!

  • dsn

    If this causes staples to go under, what does that do to Romney’s record as a job creator?

    • Warren Terra

      On the other hand, Staples setting up “lactation chambers” (and can I just say that sounds like a creepy term somehow) twenty years after Rmoney ceased involvement with the firm could really burnish Rmoney’s family values cred.

      • “Lactation chambers” has “Frank Luntz focus group” written all over it.

        • I forsee a whole new class of jobs for “breast inspector post-chamber use”

          After all you wouldn’t want people crying over spilled milk.

      • Hogan

        Seriously, what else do you find in chambers? Torture. Gas. Horrors.

        • Spud

          Judges, beds, 18th century musicians.

          • Hogan

            Pots. Bullets. Star, whatever that is.

            • Hogan

              COMMERCE. I rest my case.

        • Whittaker?

        • Bart


          • DocAmazing


  • Furious Jorge

    Goddammit – I *just came* from Staples. Fuck.

    • Well, I mean, you know…whatever gets you through the night…

      • I buy the catalog for the articles, myself.

      • Auguste


    • Bart

      Now you have to follow through with Dominos and Sports Authority and you hit the Bain trifecta.

  • Cambridge Chuck

    As odious as this guy is, you should know he left Staples in 2002 to become a vulture capitalist. Staples should push back and make clear their co-founder and former CEO doesn’t speak for their brand (tho’ I doubt they will) — but I’m not going to go into boycott mode at this point.

    • tucker

      Yeah, but he does. World view hasn’t changed

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