Waitress Trusts Her Gut and Involves Police When She Witnessed Something Off With This Family of Four
Judith found it odd that a couple with two children only ordered one kids’ meal. Being a waitress for so long, she knew something was not right.
She noticed the little girl did not get anything to eat. She showed the girl a sign that said, “Do you need help?” The girl’s response shocked her.
This little girl wanted help, and she needed it fast! Read on to learn her story.
A Busy Day at the Restaurant
Judith thought it was a normal day at work when she entered the restaurant. She was used to customers, couples, and families rushing in to satisfy their hunger. Saturday dinner rush always meant the restaurant was packed.
Though busy, Judith made sure she guided each family to their tables with the care and warmth expected of her. Though she was busy taking orders from other customers, she noticed that something seemed off.
She Listened to Her Gut
Since Judith had been working in the restaurant for a long time, she knew how to assess customers and trust her gut about them. She was used to keeping guests calm and comfortable, as it was her job to do so.
But when one family entered the restaurant, she felt strange. There was nothing particularly off about them—at least nothing she could see. She just got a feeling in her gut.
They Were a Quiet Bunch
While Judith was busy serving other customers, she passed by the family numerous times. Compared to the other guests, they were quiet. She found this a bit strange, considering they had two children with them.
Judith felt conflicted. She got the impression this would be an easy table to serve, but it was unusual to see kids so quiet. Children are naturally chaotic and spontaneous. She didn’t know what to think.
She Wasn’t Ready
Judith knew that even the most well-behaved children could instantly have unpredictable mood swings. Still, she was grateful the children were not being unruly and running around. One less problem to handle in a busy restaurant!
She took their order, and all in all, they seemed fine. She also felt guilty judging them when she first saw them. However, her feelings changed when the family began to wrap up their order.
Not a Usual Order
Judith confirmed her suspicions when the family finished their order. It was here that she realized they ordered only three meals when there were four of them in the family. There were two parents and two kids.
She saw there was only a single meal meant for one kid and nothing else. There were also no side dishes with the entrees. Judith was confused. What was happening here?
Cause for Concern
Why did the parents only order for one of their children? Though the entrees were sufficient for the adults, there would not be enough to share. Judith was genuinely worried about the little girl.
Judith figured the child was picky with her food. Still, she felt the parents could have at least ordered a smaller meal. She was studying the children to check if there was anything wrong.
The Kids Were on Their Best Behavior
The children were behaving appropriately—polite and very well-behaved. But something was niggling at her. She had previously seen families deny their kids food as a form of punishment. Could this be the case now?
Judith concluded there was a drastic difference between not buying food for a misbehaving child and totally denying them nutrition. She had to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Asking For Help
Judith had to take things into her own hands. She asked her coworker to take over the table as she wanted to see what was going on from the sidelines. She can’t stay quiet about this. She wanted to check on the family without being noticed.
Though Judith knew she would have to split her tip with her coworker, she didn’t mind. The most important thing was that the children were safe—something way more important than any tip. Judith waited until the family’s order was ready.
The Perfect Spot
Judith had to be positioned in a place where she could observe the family without being noticed. She could either stand at the back near the waitresses’ area or at the side of the bar. The point was to be as inconspicuous as possible.
The two places seemed perfect as they were out of the family’s eye line. She was able to watch them for a few minutes. What Judith saw at the table broke her heart.
The Little Girl Was Left Out
While everyone at the table was talking animatedly, the little girl was not. The parents were only talking to their son, not their daughter. Oddly, the girl didn’t even have any reaction when her family was laughing or telling a funny story.
Though Judith did not see any signs that the girl was upset, she suspected something was deeply off. She knew that some kids could get used to the dynamic of a dysfunctional family. Was the girl in a toxic environment?
One critical point was when the girl looked like she wanted to stand up and move away from the table. Could it be that she wanted to go to the bathroom? Or maybe she needed help. Her wanting to get up from the table could have been a sign.
However, the instant she moved, her hand was immediately grabbed by her father. She was being told to stay where she was. Judith wanted to intervene. But at that moment, she noticed that the food the family had ordered was ready to be served.
Up Close and Personal
Judith decided to get the food for the family. She went to the kitchen and walked over to the table to set the full-size entrees down. She noticed these were for the parents. She then saw the kids’ meal.
Judith tried to wind up the courage to say something. She knew it would be wrong to look the other way and pretend that nothing was wrong. At this point, she felt it was her duty to speak up.
She Had to Say Something
Judith made sure the family did not see her while she was watching them. She then pretended not to know about the meals they ordered. She acted confused about a meal that was missed because there was no food for the little girl.
She proceeded to ask who the meals were for. Judith spoke up and directly questioned which child ordered food. She then went near the little girl hoping that she would reach out. Unfortunately, the parents answered for her.
The Final Answer
The father made no bones about it. He explained that the kids’ meal was for his little boy. None of the kids reacted. However, Judith saw that the boy was happy when the food arrived. Judith pressed on with her questioning.
She acted confused and asked the parents if a second meal was also ordered but not delivered. She exclaimed that she would be more than happy to check the kitchen to confirm if a meal had been accidentally left there.
Judith’s question elicited a shocking reaction from the family. Everyone froze. Specifically, the girl couldn’t help but look at Judith as if she wanted to say something. Judith didn’t know what to do.
The father answered Judith’s question with a steely tone. She seemed nervous. “She isn’t hungry at all,” he said. Judith found this hard to believe. The case was building up against him.
No More Questions
Judith instantly saw that the body language of the two parents became defensive. It was obvious that they didn’t want to be asked more questions, which naturally aroused her suspicions.
She wanted to ask more questions, but she had other tables to tend to. Plus, her line of questioning didn’t seem to be leading anywhere. She didn’t want to give up, but she let them be.
She Felt Crushed
Judith only wanted to help the little girl in whatever way she could. She did her best to talk to Anna’s father, but he didn’t want to say anything. He also told her to mind her own business.
Judith felt crushed. Something inside her knew she did the right thing, but she also felt she didn’t do enough. She decided she couldn’t let this situation slide.
A Sad Situation
Judith made sure she kept her eyes on the family while she was running plates to and from the kitchen. Her heart broke as she continued to watch the girl’s parents eating along with the boy. However, the girl did not touch a single food item.
Plus, neither the parents nor the boy shared their meal or gave the girl a bite of their food. The little girl evidently looked sad and hungry. Judith had made up her mind—she would have to intervene.
Creating a Plan
Judith needed a way to communicate with the girl. She acted as if she was ignoring the family while her mind was busy coming up with a plan. There had to be a way to contact the girl without her parents getting wind.
Initially, Judith wanted to find a way to get the little girl far from the table. However, this seemed impossible—her father didn’t want her away from his line of sight. But Judith had a trick up her sleeve.
The Best Spot
Judith went to a spot where she thought she would be able to communicate with the little girl. The area had a pillar that blocked her from the parents’ view. For a moment, they were also facing the other direction.
Judith sent the little girl a message. She wanted to ask the girl if she was in any danger and if she needed help. But first, she would need to establish a line of communication.
Judith gave her a wave. However, the little girl did not respond. It seemed she was confused and didn’t know how to react. Judith had to think of another way to get her attention.
It was critical that she speak to the little girl away from the parents. Judith grabbed a nearby pen and paper. She then wrote, ”Do you need help?” and showed this note to the girl.
Asking For Help
As expected, the girl looked at Judith. To her surprise, the girl nodded. Judith’s theory about the family was confirmed. Fortunately, the father did not notice their silent conversation.
To make the child understand that Judith knew the girl needed help, Judith wrote down “ok” on the note. It was now time for Judith to execute her plan to get the child away from her parents.
Help From Others
Judith decided that the best way to speak to the little girl was to get her to go to the bathroom. This way, she would be able to speak candidly without her father’s stern interference.
However, such a stunt would require a little outside help—she wouldn’t be able to do this by herself, after all. She would have to ask for her coworkers’ help. Coordination would be key if this was going to work.
Her Coworkers Help Out
Judith had to tell her closest friends at work about the family. She also told them that the little girl had asked for help. Fortunately, one of her coworkers had also noticed the same thing.
Everyone agreed to take action. She asked one of her colleagues to accidentally spill a drink on the father and the little girl. She figured this would allow her coworkers to split the family up.
Even the Manager Got on Board
Although she wanted to help the girl, she also didn’t want to compromise her job, so Judith made sure she told her manager about her plan. Fortunately, the manager even agreed to participate.
The restaurant manager saw how vital it was to help the girl. It was their responsibility to find out what was actually happening. They put Judith’s plan in motion and got the drinks ready in the kitchen.
The Plan Worked
Judith’s colleague went to “accidentally” spill the drinks on the father. As expected, he reacted incredibly angrily. This was a signal for the manager and Judith to go to the family’s table and help out.
The little girl’s father went to the toilet to clean himself up. This was the perfect opportunity for Judith to escort the child away from the table. However, Judith realized that the mother had been watching her in horror.
The Mother Whispered in Her Ear
The mother quickly looked around the restaurant to check if her husband was nearby. Still, there was no sign of him. The mom grabbed Judith’s arm with a steely grip and pulled her close.
The mother then whispered into her ear. Judith was surprised at what the mother told her—“take her quickly,” she said. Judith was confused. It seemed the mother was also asking for help.
Saved at Last
Judith felt as if she had gotten the mother’s blessing to help the little girl. Clearly, they were short on time. She learned that the girl’s name was Anna. Judith saw a spark of hope in the girl’s eyes now that she was finally going to get away from her father.
In the bathroom, Judith finally spoke to the girl without her father’s intervention. Maybe she would now have the courage to say what was happening in her family and what help she needed.
The Girl Was Still Afraid
Anna couldn’t help but be scared. Judith was still a stranger, albeit a very helpful one. She had to find out if this waitress was someone she could trust. Judith did her best to make the child feel she was trustworthy and that nothing bad was going to happen to her.
The child was now ready to tell Judith everything. However, they suddenly heard loud noises from outside the bathroom.
He Came Knocking
Judith and Anna heard rampant knocking on the bathroom door. When they heard his voice, both of them got scared. Anna’s dad sounded mad. They didn’t know what to do next.
He ordered Anna to get out of the bathroom. But Judith would have none of it. She quickly barricaded the bathroom door. She felt it was her duty to keep Anna safe, and that meant she had to keep her away from her own father.
The Boss Intervened
Judith’s manager had to step in. The manager tried to keep the father calm as Judith kept Anna in the bathroom. The father became emotional and visibly upset.
The father threatened to call the cops if Judith and Anna didn’t come out. Judith knew she had no choice. She was going to get into trouble if she kept Anna from him. Despite her reluctance, she came out of the bathroom along with the little girl.
She Stared Into His Eyes
The moment she got out of the bathroom, Judith found herself face-to-face with the father. He stared her right in the face. He was mad. He quickly grabbed Anna’s hand and went back to the table.
Judith still had no clue about what was happening. Anna almost revealed information that might have saved her life. Judith decided she was going to press on. She did what any responsible citizen should do in such a situation.
It’s Now or Never
Judith felt she had no choice but to gather up all her courage and confront Anna’s dad. Though she didn’t know how he would react, she intended to give him a piece of her mind.
Judith knew she would be unable to live with herself if she didn’t help Anna. She was going to do everything for the little girl to save her from whatever trouble she was in, whether the father liked it or not.
A Fight to the Finish
Judith knew that she wouldn’t be able to live with herself if she let him have his way. When she approached him, he asked Judith if she was going to apologize. Judith told him what she was going to do. To her shock, he began laughing.
Evidently, this man was not afraid of a simple waitress from a random restaurant. He leaned back, took a breath, and told Judith that she should choose her next few words very carefully.
She Did Not Back Down
However, Judith did not take this lying down. She snapped back and told him to stay quiet. It was the father’s turn to be shocked. He became confused—he hadn’t expected such an explosive reaction.
Judith confronted him about the little girl. She also advised him to come clean about the situation that she and her other coworkers had witnessed. She made sure her voice was loud enough for everyone to hear. It was at this point that the father started to clap.
Judith could not understand why the man was clapping. He also smiled. She felt she was not being taken seriously and that he was making fun of her. But rather than mocking her, he seemed genuinely pleased. What was going on?
The father gently told Judith not to worry anymore. Everything would now be okay. But Judith saw more weird things happening around her. At this point, she was beginning to wonder if she’d lost her marbles.
The little girl’s mother also started clapping. Judith became more confused. Oddly, everyone in the restaurant also burst into applause. Judith was shocked beyond belief.
Judith’s boss approached her and expressed his gratitude for what she did. He was extremely happy she did the right thing. Judith did not know what to feel or think. She demanded that someone explain to her what was going on.
The Camera Crew Reveal Themselves
Seemingly out of nowhere, an entire camera crew appeared. Judith was stunned and did not know how to react to what she was seeing. Had they been there the whole time?
Then, the little girl—Anna—went to Judith and gave her a hug. Judith still didn’t know what was happening. Anna blurted out, “You are a good person Judith.”
The Hidden Camera Show
Things are starting to become apparent. As it turned out, Judith’s best friend and boss had Judith up to a hidden camera program to let everyone know how good of a good person she was.
Apparently, everyone in the restaurant was in on it, too! Judith was speechless. She could not believe what was happening.
Dazed and Confused
Judith could not help but feel confused about everything. It was all so surreal. She got emotional and cried while trying to thank everyone. She was only glad that Anna hadn’t actually been in danger.
The past year had been rough on Judith. Being appreciated and recognized for her efforts made her feel good. The television exposure mattered very little to her—she was more than happy to have everyone around her offer a nice gesture of acknowledgment.
She Was a Good Sport
The entire program and camera crew similarly thanked Judith for being a good sport. Remarkably, she did not seem upset that she was tricked or pranked. Judith’s goodness was evident on the inside and out.
She eventually made friends with Anna and her family. All of them watched their episode together. They could all laugh about it now and couldn’t be happier that they all became friends after such a stressful situation.