So remember how there was a big innernet fuss over the summer about how a waitress comped someone's meal and wrote a nice note in support of a breastfeeding mother? Well, today a family of five came into the restaurant where I work. The kids were (I am guessing, except in the case of the baby, who I asked the dad about while mom was taking the older children to wash their hands) five years, three years, and just a few weeks of age, and incredibly cute and well-behaved. Dad was very hands-on, and especially tender with the baby. Mom looked tired and like she wasn't having the best day ever, and had just turned to her plate (after cutting up the older two children's food and getting them settled) when the littlest began to fuss and root around in Dad's arms. He apologetically passed the baby over for mom to nurse, and I thought "meh, maybe I can brighten her day a little." So I went and got a free breakfast voucher and wrote a note on a piece of register tape that said "Kids under five eat free here, and since you're doing all the work of feeding the littlest, this is for you. Good job getting baby off to a healthy start in life," and drew a little smiley face, and quietly set it on the table the next time I went over to clear some dishes.
Reader, she read the note and then looked at me like I'd just kicked the family dog. I spent the rest of my shift worrying that someone from management would pull me aside and tell me I was in trouble (for...I don't know what, exactly, but people are weird and maybe she was embarrassed because I had noticed she was nursing the baby? She looked and sounded to be from the same demographic group as I am so I don't think it's anything cultural), and won't breathe easy until a few days have gone by without my hearing anything negative about what I thought was me doing something nice for a guest.