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To The Stranger Who Gave My 3-Year-Old Child a Bracelet Inside McDonald’s Bathroom

Trips to public bathroom might be among the list of challenges come with a 3-year-old. Those overly sensitive flushing sensors are enough to scare a full-grown adult —so for a little tot, that watery explosion can be downright traumatizing.

That’s exactly what a mother named Tiffany Miller experienced when she stopped to use a McDonald’s bathroom with her daughter in Salina, Kansas. The two had quite a long drive home yet to Wichita, and mom knew her toddler would need to use the bathroom in order to avoid relieving herself in the car later. We all know a 3-year-old’s bladder doesn’t wait.

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But because of being too terrified that the toilet would flush while she was on it, the little girl refused to go.

That’s when a stranger decided to lend mom a hand with a bracelet, a mini Snickers bar and a little creative kindness.

Tiffany shared this story on Facebook and her post inspired thousands of mamas who’ve been in her shoes. Here’s her heartfelt message to this bathroom angel in disguise:

“To the Woman in the Salina, KS McDonald’s bathroom:

You heard me as I reasoned with a 3 year old to use the bathroom.

You heard me tell her we had a long drive home and she needed to use the potty. You heard her tell me she was scared the toilet would flush while she was sitting on it. I couldn’t convince her I would block the sensor and keep that from happening. She promised she could hold it and wouldn’t pee in the car.

Then, you stepped in. You told her you would give her a bracelet if she would go potty for Mommy. She perked up and agreed. I turned to quickly put her on the potty (before she changed her mind). You told her the bracelet would be waiting outside the stall for her. I turned to say thank you, but you were already gone.

Outside the stall was a bracelet and a mini Snickers bar. ❤️

Her eyes lit up as she put the bracelet on after using the bathroom.

We made it home to Wichita safely and she is currently sleeping soundly next to me…still wearing the bracelet.

Photo source: Tiffany Miller


Thank you for your kindness! I wish I could have thanked you in person, but maybe you will see this. If not, hopefully it inspires someone else to be kind like you were.


A Grateful Mother ❤️❤️”