Hero Waiter Refuses Customer Who Insulted Boy With Down Syndrome
Waiter Michael Garcia is being celebrated as a hero for standing up for a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome while working a shift recently at a Houston restaurant.
Restaurant regular Kim Castillo and her family, including her 5-year-old son Milo, were eating dinner at Laurenzo’s Prime Rib restaurant, when things took a turn for the worse. A family sitting nearby asked to move away from the Castillo family's table, and a man in the group made a negative remark about Milo.
“I heard the man say, ‘Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,’” Garcia told NBC affiliate KPRC-TV in. “My personal feelings took over, and I told him, ‘I’m not going to be able to serve you, Sir.’” The man and his family then got up and left the restaurant (Milo's family was unaware of the incident at the time).
"Maybe there were other ways I could have handled it, but Milo is such an angel, he is a gift from God as are all special needs children," Garcia said.
Castillo was grateful when she did find out later what Garcia had done, and even more so when she learned that the members of the other family were regular customers as well.
“I was impressed that somebody would step out of their own comfort level and put their job on the line as well as to stand up for somebody else,” she said. “I know Michael did it from his heart, and from reacting to the situation. I don’t think he stopped and thought about what he was doing.”
Garcia and the restaurant have been receiving attention and praise since the incident. But the waiter earned even more of our respect by responding, "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."
We applaud his actions – how do you feel about what he did?