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Restaurant Patrons Thank Parents for Handling Toddler's Tantrum

The Short of It

While on vacation, the Wistehuff family tried to enjoy a dinner out at Sammy's Seafood House in Morehead City, N.C. When the youngest of her three children started crying, screaming and kicking, mother Melissa Wistehuff sprang into action and removed the fussy child from the restaurant. A few strangers at the restaurant were so pleased with her actions, they decided to show their appreciation.

The Lowdown

After calming her 2-year-old child, Melissa re-entered the restaurant to finish her meal. Again, her little one had an outburst, so this time dad took a turn taking him outside so the rest of the diners could enjoy their meals in peace.

When Melissa asked the waiter for the check, she was surprised to learn their dinner was already paid for.

"He said that our check had been taken care of by another patron in the restaurant," she told ABC 11. "And I said, 'What? You're kidding. Why would they do that?' and he said they just really admired how we had handled the situation."

The goodwill continued when Melissa tried to leave a tip and realized she didn't have any cash. A guest at a nearby table paid it.

The Upshot

The debate over how parents should handle disruptive kids in public spaces has heated up recently after one restauranteur in Portland, Maine, yelled directly at a troublesome toddler when the parents didn't remove the grumpy 2-year-old from her business after an hour-long fit.

Melissa says she and her husband always remove their kids from restaurants when they misbehave.

"It's just what you're supposed to do," she told Yahoo Parenting. "We're the type of parents that, if we even get the hint that our children are going to be upset, we take them out right away."

When you take the kids out to dinner, how do you handle their outbursts?

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