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"Special needs children need to be special somewhere else." How would you react if you heard someone say something like this?

Posted by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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Waiter Refuses to Serve Jerk Who Insulted 5-Year-Old With Down Syndrome (VIDEO)

Posted by Julie Ryan Evans on January 22, 2013

Milo Castillo
Milo
They say the customer is always right, but when one is making fun of a boy with special needs, there's no denying it's wrong. Texas waiter Michael Garcia wasn't about to stand by and let it happen without repercussion either, and what he did was admirable to say the least.

According to KTRK it happened at Houston restaurant, Laurenzo'sKim Castillo was dining there last week with her family, which includes their 5-year-old son, Milo, who has Down Syndrome. When a group seated at a table near them got up and moved, Kim said she wondered if it was because of them, but wasn't sure. She told FoxNews.com: "Milo wasn't being bad, he was just talking and making little noises."

Garcia was sure, however, because he overheard the man make a horrible remark to his family while they moved.

He said: "Special needs children need to be special somewhere else."

I know. I can't think of a better word than vile to describe someone like that, and Garcia wasn't about to the let the man get away with it. Even though he was a long-time, regular customer, he flat out refused to serve him.

Garcia told the station: "It was very disturbing. My personal feelings just took over and I told this man, 'I'm sorry, I can't serve you.'  It upset me because he's a five-year-old little boy. He's an angel. He's precious!"

Good for him. The challenges families with special needs children face are plentiful enough. Every day things that we take for granted can be full of issues and anxiety for them. Good times, too, of course, but I think they  all deserve support from society, not mockery and disdain. And if you can't even be bothered to sit by someone with special needs in a restaurant, well, then being refused service in a restaurant is the least of what you deserve.

Fortunately there are people like Garcia who restore our faith in humanity.  If only everyone was as brave and kind as him, maybe the ignorant assholes of the world would learn to keep their mouths shut.

Garcia and the restaurant have been lauded since the incident, as well they should. But the waiter says what this story is really about shouldn't be lost: "It is about Milo, it is about educating ourselves and when people are different, why should you treat them any different? It's fear of the unknown."

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How would you react if you heard someone say something like this?

by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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sandra_t00
by ChaChi on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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I would have said.something. That is so wrong for that asshole to say something like that. What a dick.
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mariesmama
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

my child has motor dyspraxia and spd she's an intelligent, funny little girl

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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I have never understood why people are like that with these children...my neighbor's 6 year old son has DS and he is the absolute sweetest loving little boy ever...I always look foward to his bear hugs whenever he sees me and DD out in the yard..sometimes he will just come over for a hug...he is the sweetest.

happy2bmom25
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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I find that shocking and very sad.

my 3 week old has downs, and hopefully i wont ever hear anything like that, but if my dh were to hear that now he might fight the person for saying something like that!

maybe i would suggest that person should take his special needs elsewhere.

Lalalie
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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I applaud that waiter.

Good for him.


I would react with complete and utter disgust.

parentalrights1
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM
I'm just waiting for the obligatory "the kid should've been kept at home since it was making a few little noises"
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momof2891
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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I would have said that my special needs child is being special right here with our family.
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LadySaphira
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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I would have told him "Ignorant asses need to go be ignorant somewhere else"

KelissaMaye
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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Good for that waiter. That other guy is a straight up jerk. How could anyone be that hateful? I mean, if it bothers you, then, yes, move, but the comment didn't need to be said. That man needs to educate himself a little bit about special needs. How rude.

mommamaggi
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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I read the story a few days ago and I would have done the same thing the waiter did, except I would have made a big announcement that jerk need to go be jerky somewhere else, and that all my tips for the day would go to whomever would be willing to escort the jerk out of the building so he can continue his jerkeyness in a place that doesn't disturb other people's meals. I would have been fired, but it would have been worth it.

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