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Wait staff reduced to tears as boy, 4, treats mum to Valentine's Day 'date' - and offers to pay with jar of pennies

A four-year-old boy reduced waitresses to tears when he treated his recently-divorced mother to a Valentine's Day 'date', offering to pay with his jar full of saved pennies.

Emma Schofield and son Max Credit: Facebook/Spotted Newton Abbott

Max Schofield escorted his mother Emma for a special meal at the Pizza Express in Torquay to help cheer her up.

But when he took out his savings to hand them over, the tearful waitress said restaurant staff had been so moved as they watched the mother and son on their date that the meal was on the house.

Posting to Facebook, Emma said she had been "secretly dreading" the romantic holiday with her divorce still fresh.

But Max made sure it was a Valentine's Day to remember - even choosing her a special Valentine's gift beforehand.

She wrote:

I have always brought my son up to be thoughtful, kind, caring and appreciate even the smallest gestures.

After a quick grocery shop, my son told me to close my eyes (which I kept partially open to see what he was up to) and he proceeded to chose me a Valentine's card and a small teddy bear in a gift bag. My eyes welled up as we continued to shop.

Today he took me to Pizza Express (of course I was the designated chauffeur) and wanted to treat me to a special meal. He also brought his jar of pennies with him.

After a delicious three-course meal, we went to pay. We were greeted with a waitress in tears who had watched our special 'dinner date'.

Looking at her eyes welling up, I also began to shed a tear. She gave us our meal free of charge as a gift from Pizza Express in Torquay as she was so touched by what my four-year-old son had done.

This extremely kind gesture left me crying with happiness and holding onto my son with pure joy.

– Emma Schofield

Her post has now been shared dozens of times, with hundreds of people commenting on little Max's kind gesture.