Houston waiter refuses to serve customer who insulted Down syndrome boy

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Houston waiter refuses to serve customer who insulted Down syndrome boy
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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 1:49pm

Houston waiter refuses to serve customer who insulted Down syndrome boy

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/19/houston-waiter-refuses-to-serve-customer-who-insulted-down-syndrome-boy/#ixzz2J6o3qfR6

I think that this man did the right thing......what do you think??

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-2009

I think that the waiter handled it with dignity, but i am not sure if it was his place to tell the family that he would be unable to serve them. Since the family moved to another area where they were not being disturbed it would have been fine. i am not sure all what was being said about the boy. I know that i can not eat in peace when children are being disruptful at a restraunt. i know when i go out, if i see kids getting up from the table or talking loud, i do not have a relaxing dining experience.  I don't think that the man should have made it about the child having special needs, because MOST 5yo kids (esp boys) are loud and diruptive ANYWAYS.

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Registered: 08-25-2000

I think that he handled it well and stood up for a boy who needed it.  This is bullying and it should be stopped.  It is no more acceptable for an adult to make comments about a special needs child than it is for a child to do it!  We tell our children that if they see someone being bullied they should stick up for the bullied child and stop the bullying and report it.  Why shouldn't adults be expected to do the same!?? This is a condition that the child could not help.....unlike bad behavior which can be disciplined and corrected.  . 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-2009

I completely agree, I think that they should be taught a lesson. Ithink that the only way it could have been delt with better was if the manager or owner (someone with authority) cam and told the gentleman that they can not serve them.  OR if the manager/owner told them that they need to stop making those comments or that they wouldn't be able to serve them. The waiter needs to stay professional, it is not his place to say that he is unable to serve them. I agree that insulting someone with disabilities is a HORRIBLE thing, i am not saying it isn't. I just think that when you are at your place of employment, personal feelings have no place, and he could have told his boss that he felt that he would not be able to serve them, and the manager could have done something about it. Many times i have felt compelled to tell some of my patients i would not be able to serve them (some cultures have a way they like to treat women nad this gentleman was being quite rude to this lady) I simply apologized to the lady and walked her out. but it would not be my place to tell the patient that i would not be able to help him.

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Registered: 08-25-2000

Perhaps.....we don't know what his work environment is like.  That could also be an option.  But my son  works in retail and sometimes they don't have a manager on site the whole time the store is open.....sometimes he is the person in charge when there is no manager.  Perhaps that is why he did that.

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Registered: 10-22-2001

Yes, Absolutely!

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