Photo Of Dunkin' Donuts Employee Holding Baby Sparks Debate Online

Someone at a Dunkin' Donuts noticed that the woman working behind the counter was toting around a baby in one arm. The customer quickly snapped a candid shot of the moment and posted it on social media.

The image went viral and sparked internet debates about working moms, children in the workplace, and why people should mind their own business when they don't have all the facts.

The Twitter user, who goes by the handle @FlawdazFinest86, shared the image initially showing the anonymous young cashier. A baby boy in pajamas that appears to be about a year old is on her hip and she's going about her business with the baby in tow.

“Really, DunkinDonuts?” FlawdazFinest86 wrote in the caption. The post has since been deleted, but someone took a screenshot of it and reposted it to Twitter and Instagram. The argument over the image goes on.

"And here we have the worst person on the planet. I hope karma bites her in the ass. Hard. (the tweeter not the worker)," one person responded to the initial comment.

Many argued that more companies needed to be sympathetic to working moms.

"Did you get your donut?? yes??? please stop complaining. please don’t complain when women are simply trying to make a living for their family. keeping this woman in my prayers," said one person.

"My mom was a SINGLE PARENT of 3, an I was the youngest. She would beg her manager to let me come to work with her because she couldn't afford daycare because my dad left and never came back, even if it is her friends baby'. SHE IS HELPING. THATS LOVE!" said one response.

"I have had to take my sons to work. Homeschooled them both, often sat them at a cafe table to study," said another.

"If you have no childcare you can't leave your kid. If you call off work to watch the kid you might lose your job. She's doing what she can," a commenter noted.

Others argued that it's not about hard-working moms, but about the fact that it's impractical, and possibly dangerous, for them to haul their babies around in the workplace. After all, a drooling baby in a poopy diaper around food service isn't particularly appetizing for customers.

"The baby sneezing all over the food I was about to buy is hurting me. Now mind your damn business and stop speaking on stuff you know nothing about. FOH!!" argued one person.

Carla Moquin, founder of the program Babies at Work, says that there are a lot of benefits for women to be able to bring children to the workplace. “We’ve documented more than 2,100 babies brought to at least 200 companies,” Moquin said to Yahoo Lifestyle.

“There needs to be a formal, structured policy in place for people to benefit,” she adds, if the plan is to work. Otherwise, it could result in the mother performing poorly due to distractions.

It makes more sense, though, if the mom is keeping a playpen in her office, or puts kids old enough to sit quietly and stay out of the way at a table in a diner. For others, the fear of the baby getting splashed with hot coffee or hurt by some other unsafe item behind the counter should have been the bigger concern.

Still others say the argument is all to do about nothing, considering the fact that no one knows the story behind the baby's presence. It might not even have been the mother holding the child behind the counter.

It could be a customer simply needed to use a restroom and the cashier was happy to lend a hand by holding the baby for a moment.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Paehder/Flickr, Twitter, Clayton Smalley/Wikimedia, Pixabay, U.S. Department of State

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