Pregnant Julie Moore receives note from customer asking to adopt her baby

10:20 AM, May 22, 2008   |    comments
Julie Moore and JD Ross
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SEATTLE, Wash. (NBC) - A pregnant waitress in suburban Seattle, Wash. got more than a tip from her customers. They also left a card asking if they could adopt her unborn baby.

JD Ross and Julie Moore are expecting their first child. The young mom who is five months pregnant was waiting tables at a Mill Creek restaurant Monday night when a table of 12 adults ordered a round of cocktails.

After they left she opened the billholder to get the tip and also found this card inside: "We wish to adopt a baby. We are a caring, happily married, financially secure and loving couple. We want to share our joy and love with a child."

It included the names of the couple and phone numbers.

"I was just shocked because they didn't say a word to me about being pregnant, ask me how my pregnancy is going or ask me if I was pregnant or anything," said Julie.

"I thought it was really creepy," said JD.

Both of them say it was a rude slap in the face.

Julie said, "I don't wear a wedding ring at work. For them to assume I'm not married or that I'm working in a service industry that I maybe couldn't afford to have a child. I don't know; I felt there were too many assumptions there."

The couple on the card has not returned our calls. We called the attorney's number on the card and asked for "Joan." Then we learned "Joan" doesn't exist.

Seattle adoption attorney Albert Lirhus said the couple handing out the cards are his clients.

"If people call our office ask for "Joan" then the phone answerer knows the call is a priority," said Lirhus.

And as far as the card is concerned, he said, "We haven't had any negative response to this method."

JD and Julie sympathize with parents looking to adopt but the way this went down troubles them.

"It's way out of bounds it's not right. It's not how you go about it," said JD.

The attorney said many couples looking to adopt post fliers or ads to get the word out. But he said they usually do not go to specific people and calls this incident "unfortunate."


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