Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Worker 'Humiliated' by Breast Pump Debacle

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Worker 'Humiliated' by Breast Pump Debacle

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A Kansas State University athletic operations official apologized Saturday evening to a concessions employee at K-State's Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium who said she went home feeling humiliated that morning after security employees denied her entry because she was carrying a breast pump bag.

In a post on her personal Facebook page that had been shared 143 times as of 7:30 p.m., Katie Doyle said she opted not to exercise her option of transferring her materials to clear plastic bags because she wasn't willing to carry them with her throughout the stadium.

"I am sure everyone wants to look at my milky nipple shields all game!" she wrote.

Kenny Lanou, K-State's senior associate athletic director for communications/public relations, said Saturday evening, "In most situations, bags and backpacks are prohibited from the stadium. However, in this case, the bag in question should have been examined and tagged as a medical exemption."

Unfortunately, Lanou said, athletic operations staff didn't do that and the university was consequently following through with additional training.

"We have reached out to the concessions volunteer and apologized for her experience today," Lanou added.

Doyle on Saturday evening told The Topeka Capital-Journal the director of events security was "very apologetic" and told her she should have been permitted to enter with her breast pump.

"I can value the officers doing their job well, but there is clearly an opportunity for education on the subject," she said. "My intent was certainly not to get anyone in trouble and I explained that. I feel the situation is being handled."

Doyle, who lives in Holton with her husband, Nathan Doyle, posted a message about the situation on Facebook that was accompanied by a photo of their 5-month-old son with her breast pump bag.

Doyle said her "wasted 140-mile round trip to Manhattan" began after she woke at 4:30 a.m. to drive to work in concessions at the stadium, where she was required to be present four hours early.

"After parking my car at Ahearn Fieldhouse, riding a shuttle bus and walking half a mile in the rain, I arrived at Gate F only to be told I couldn't enter because I had my breast pump bag with me," Doyle wrote. …

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