Frustrated Mom Asks for To-Go Box When Toddler Won't Sit Still, But Server Sits at Table


If you’re a mother, you know the feeling well. You’re sitting at a restaurant, excited to eat food that you didn’t have to prepare yourself, and your toddler decides it’s a perfect time to practice their sprints.

Courtney Ruth Pedigo was living out this scenario on Oct. 1, 2018.

“Tonight my family and I went out to Olive Garden for dinner, and per Harlynn’s usual she did everything but sit in her high chair and eat her dinner like I picture in my dreams,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Little Harlynn just wanted to run her little heart out so Pedigo began to search for her waitress, Nianni Nani Rudder; The tired mother just wanted a to-go box so that she could enjoy the rest of her meal in the car.

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Rudder’s response, however, completely shocked Pedigo.

“She really said NO. ‘You’re going to go sit down and enjoy your dinner and I will be there to sit with her!’” Pedigo wrote.

The selfless waitress then prepared a bowl of ice cream, complete with caramel syrup, and continued to occupy the rowdy toddler while Pedigo was able to enjoy her meal.

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Rudder’s small act of kindness meant everything to the young mother.

“Girl, you will never truly know how appreciative I am for tonight. I seriously admire you, Not only because you took the time to bribe my bratty little human with sweets so I could eat but because you are so so strong,” Pedigo wrote.

“I aspire to be the go getter you are and like I told my dad on our way home it has to take someone with a strong heart and mind to do what you do bc I know I couldn’t!”

Pedigo’s Facebook post thanking Rudder for incredibly kind act has since gone viral. Over 4,000 people have reacted to the post, but Rudder continues to remain humble.

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In her own post, Rudder said, “I didn’t intend on going ‘viral’, I didn’t help my guest to go ‘viral.'”

“I did what I would want for someone to do for me if I was in that situation. People need to be more compassionate with one another. Anyone with a heart would have done the same.”

Rudder’s selfless actions are an inspiration to us all to lend a helping hand to those around us. You never know how much of an impact you’ll make.

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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