In a touching story shared on Quora, a mother highlighted the quick thinking and kindness of a Starbucks employee who stepped in to protect her teenage daughter from a potentially unsafe situation. The employee’s compassionate actions not only melted the mother’s heart but also garnered respect from the online community. Here’s the full scoop:
A Man Approached
The grateful mom who posted the tale on Quora explains how her 18-year-old daughter had gone to Starbucks the other night. She was there by herself when a random man approached and started talking to her.
Starbucks Employees Intervened
Upon seeing this take place, someone from Starbucks decided to go over as well. Rather than intervene directly, they handed the young woman “an extra hot chocolate someone forgot to pick up.” On the side of the cup was a note…
They Offered to Help
The note read, “Are you okay? Do you want us to intervene? If you do, take the lid off the cup.” It was a gesture that meant a lot to both the daughter and her mom when she told her later on.
Her Daughter Was Fine
As it happened, the daughter was fine anyway. The mom reported that she felt safe, so decided to keep the lid on the cup. She let the team at Starbucks know she was okay all the same. But, according to the daughter, everyone kept an eye on her throughout her visit, just in case.
Her Mom Was Thankful
The mom posted this story to say “thank you” to the people at Starbucks for looking out for her daughter. But it’s also a useful lesson for us to keep in mind about what to do if we’re ever concerned about someone’s welfare. Instead of assuming everything’s fine, there’s no harm checking. Indeed, the comments section was full of appreciation for that employee’s awareness and quick thinking…
“We All Must Be More Alert.”
Many people praised the employees for being so astute. One wrote, “God Bless them for being aware. We all must be more alert.” Another said, “It’s encouraging to know there are individuals out there that are prepared to go an extra mile for another.”
Was There Any Issue Here?
While most thought this was a “heartwarming” or “excellent” story, some took a more cynical view. For example, one person wrote, “An excellent story about what a deeply mentally ill society we live in that demonizes people for talking to each other in public spaces.”
And, in response to the comments about people being aware/alert, another person said, “Aware of what?” To which someone replied, “A man talking to a young woman in Starbucks.” Implying there was nothing for anyone to react to in the first place.
What Do You Think?
So what are your impressions of the story? Do you agree the employees at Starbucks deserve praise for acting on their concern? Or did they overreact about nothing? Is it impossible to offer an appropriate response without seeing what the man was actually doing? Or should you always intervene if you’re worried about someone’s welfare – just in case your concerns are justified? Drop a comment with your thoughts!
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