Rashelle Rehms, the overnight manager at a 24-hour Starbucks in Tacoma, WA, and a mom of two, certainly had an action-packed shift on July 7. The ruckus started when a homeless man started banging on the store's glass door around 1 a.m., screaming that a woman sprawled out on a nearby patch of grass was in labor.
Without giving it a second thought, Rashelle grabbed some towels from the store and rushed to the stranger's side. She told Inside Edition that the soon-to-be mom was in a full-fledged panic and asked if Rashelle would help her take her pants off.
Although there were definitely some frightening moments — like when the umbilical cord snapped during the delivery — Rashelle tried her best to keep the new mother calm until the paramedics came.
"Those are slippery when they come out," said Rashelle. "I was just thinking, 'Oh my gosh, don't drop her. That's all you have to do. Don't drop her.'"
When all was said and done, mom and daughter were taken to the hospital to recover — and Rashelle was down an apron. "I did have to sacrifice my apron," she explained. "I looked down at it and said, 'I can't wear that back to work.'"
The only thing left to do? Break the news to her boss when she walked in the door at 4 a.m., of course.
Rashelle confessed that she broke a rule to her manager, saying, "I broke a rule and it's a big one. But I delivered a baby . . . I'm sure you're going to hear all about it. But I wanted you to hear it from me first."
While her boss was obviously stunned by the news, Rashelle didn't get into any trouble for helping out a stranger in need.
And apparently the folks over at Starbucks' corporate headquarters was pretty impressed, too. Starbucks released a statement saying, "We're proud of our partner for her quick thinking and response until additional help could arrive, and appreciate their quick response as well."