Many mothers can attest that a fussy baby at a restaurant is a challenging experience.

That’s why one North Carolina mom was touched after an Olive Garden waitress went out of her way to help her out when her toddler started screaming.

After Courtney Pedigo shared her story on Facebook, it quickly went viral.

Tonight my family and I went out to Olive Garden for dinner, and per Harlynn’s usual she did everything but sit in her…

Posted by Courtney Ruth Pedigo on Monday, October 1, 2018

Pedigo told Fox 8 that on Monday night, she was out to eat at a local Olive Garden with her daughter and other family members when the little girl started wiggling out of her high chair and making a big fuss.

The mom was so worried about disturbing other guests that she asked the server for a to-go box. But to the mom’s surprise, waitress Nianna Rudder, told her “No!”

Pedigo wrote:

She had me so overwhelmed from letting all of Olive Garden know she was in the house and trying her best to wiggle her way down me to run the restaurant, I had went to find our waitress to ask if she could please bring my food out in a Togo box cause we were going out to sit in the car….

She really said NO!

Instead, Rudder told the mom that she was “going to go sit down” and enjoy her meal. The server then brought the little girl a bowl of ice cream drizzled with caramel and fed her while the mother ate her dinner. She wrote:

I actually got to eat my food while it was still hot!!!!!

Girl, you will never truly know how appreciative I am for tonight.

Pedigo added:

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!

Rudder told Fox 8 that Pedigo shouldn’t be overly concerned about her toddler having a public outburst because it’s not the mom’s fault.

Posted by Courtney Ruth Pedigo on Thursday, July 5, 2018

She said:

“She’s a kid. They cry, they fuss, they want to run around. There’s no reason for you to have to go home because she’s being fussy. She’s a baby, that’s what babies do.”

The restaurant’s staff and followers on social media thanked Rudder for her exceptional service.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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