Stranger Takes Care of Family’s Restaurant Bill After 2-Year-Old Child Throws a Temper Tantrum

The restaurant patron admired how the parents handled their fussy toddler.
Stranger Takes Care of Bill

Screenshot of ABC11 video

Though Melissa Wistehuff's son was screaming in the restaurant, a stranger paid for the family's entire bill.

You might’ve heard about the restaurant owner in Maine who yelled at a toddler when she would not stop crying last week, but this similar story has a very different ending. On July 24, a 2-year-old boy was crying at a restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. His parents tried to get him to stop, eventually taking him outside to calm down. Although customers were visibly annoyed, a stranger dining in the restaurant paid for the family’s bill.

Melissa Wistehuff told ABC11 that she, her husband, and three children dined at Sammy’s Seafood House in Morehead City, where they were visiting on a family vacation. The 2-year-old boy, Ian, was being fussy. Right before the family’s flounder and crab cakes were delivered to the table, Ian had a full-blown temper tantrum. Wistehuff took him outside to calm down, but after she brought him back inside, he started screaming loudly again. This time, his dad took him outside. When they returned, Wistehuff asked for the check and the waiter said that the bill was taken care of.

Apparently, another patron in the restaurant admired the way Wistehuff and her husband handled Ian, so he took care of the bill. Wistehuff told ABC11, “He said they just so admired how we handled the situation. [We] got him out of the restaurant and not having to put the other people in the restaurant through a tantrum... and I'm sure they also felt sorry for us.”

The bill was $86.

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