Waiter Refuses To Serve Customer Who Insults Downs Syndrome Child

Once in a while the customer is not right

From Yahoo News

Usually, when a waiter refuses to serve someone at a restaurant, customers complain. In this case, customers cheered.

The waiter in question, Michael Garcia, has been receiving goodwill and friend requests on the restaurant’s Facebook page since word spread that he stood up for a child with special needs.

Garcia, who works at the Houston restaurant Laurenzo’s, was waiting on a family, regulars with a 5-year-old child, Milo, who has Down syndrome. The server said that another family at the restaurant commented on Milo’s behavior, which Garcia described as “talking and making little noises.” Garcia moved the complaining family to another table, but they were still unhappy. “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” the father reportedly said.

The waiter then took a stand. He told FoxNews.com that such talk is ignorant and is due to people’s fear of the unknown. “My personal feelings took over,” he said, leading him to tell the father, “Sir, I won’t be able to serve you.” The family left the restaurant.

The restaurant’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments praising Garcia for his stand.

While I certainly understand that kids in restaurants can be a hassle to other diners, the comments from the father were way over the line.

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Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

  • zusa1

    “He told FoxNews.com that such talk is ignorant and is due to people’s fear of the unknown.”
    I would say it is more likely due to selfish intolerance. I don’t think he get’s that its not by some superior quality he possesses that it is not one of his children “talking and making little noises.”

  • brcarthey

    A scene that makes me feel great and disappointed in my hometown. Standing ovation for the waiter and restaurant. a SMH to the family that left that wanted to move.

    i feel bad for the kids in the family that asked to move. the father is proving to be such a “classy, compassionate role-model” for them.