ESSENCE Poll: Would You Intervene If You Saw a Mother Struggling With Her Child?

Picture this: You're at a diner and a child is crying non-stop. A Maine diner owner snapped on a child and told the parents to leave. What would you have done?

Picture this: You're at a diner and a child is crying non-stop.

What do you do? Intervene or let the episode run its course?

This was the question at hand in a Maine restaurant where a fed up owner, Darla Neugebaur, took matters into her own hands.

According to Newsday, things took a turn for the worse when Neugebaur, owner of Marcy's Diner in Portland, Maine tossed to-go boxes at parents Tara and John Carson and their 21-month-old daughter. Neugebaur claims the child wailed and disturbed customers for 40 minutes. She then asked the parents to leave.

Neaugebaur stands by her actions and has received widespread support.

The mom has her own detailed account of how it all happened. Carson says her daughter was crying for about 10 minutes after waiting 40 minutes for pancakes and adds that she'll never forget the look on her child's face after Neaugebaur's yelling. 

How do you handle situations with fussy children? Do you offer a helping hand or stay out of it? Let us know, and check out the store owner explaining her side of the story below.

QUESTION:
Would You Intervene if You Saw a Mother Struggling With Her Child?
Yes, it takes a village
10%
No, it's best to give her space
24%
It depends on the time, place and situation
66%
Total votes: 229

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