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Do you agree with what this Houston waiter did?

Drue-AFCL 2013/01/26 23:53:13
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G-Rant - A waiter in Houston put his job on the line and is receiving praise after he told a table he was unwilling to serve them.

Wait, what?

The waiter, Michael Garcia, was waiting on a family of regulars who have a 5-yr old child (Milo) with down syndrome. Another family he was serving made comments about the noises the child was making so he moved the annoyed party to another table. The waiter then overheard "special needs children need to be special somewhere else," from the table. That's when he informed them he would be unable to serve them. They left the restaurant.

Michael Garcia has become a hero for standing up for this little boy!
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  • angella russell 2013/06/05 01:51:23
    Yes
    angella russell
    +1
    The story isn't really clear how much disturbance the kid was causing. I do believe that when you take a child to a quasi-public place, and that does include special needs children, you do have a duty, as the parent, to ensure that the child not behave in a manner inappropriate to the situation - or you should take the child somewhere that his more exuberant behaviour is more permissible.

    Having said that, I had to side with the waiter on this one, simply because the comment made was not "people with children should learn to control them in public or go elsewhere", it was "special needs children should be special elsewhere".

    As such, the diner made the issue, if it existed, about the disability, not the behaviour, and that leads me to wonder if the comment would have been made about a non-disabled child.

    When we go in public, we all have the responsibility to uphold a certain standard of behaviour. Derogatory comments abut a disabled person's disability, whatever the cause, never meet that standard of behaviour.
  • sublime23in 2013/03/26 07:25:23
    Yes
    sublime23in
    +1
    He stood up for what is right. We need more of that.
  • Autumnjuel.3388 2013/03/26 05:44:21
    Yes
    Autumnjuel.3388
    +1
    I think the waiter did an awesome thing and im glad he didnt get fired
  • KilrQueen 2013/02/01 05:52:45
    Yes
    KilrQueen
    +2
    I have a question here...I've been reading through some of the comments and would like to know why does this person have to be a democrat or a liberal just because he cares about someone else? I say this is just a normal human reaction from a person that cares and has absolutely nothing to do with any type of political party. Jesus, get over yourselves already!! It's a decent thing that someone did, why can't you just leave it at that?
  • Bash 2013/02/01 05:36:25
  • stevmackey 2013/02/01 05:19:22
    Yes
    stevmackey
    +1
    Good hearted waiter went out of his way.
  • Andrew 2013/01/31 01:36:03
    Yes
    Andrew
    +1
    moderated...
  • C. C. Rider 2013/01/30 03:11:16
    Yes
    C. C. Rider
    +1
    He did what any Liberal would have done...he showed compassion toward a stranger and came out a hero. AS always libs show no fear when it comes to kicking some ass over a rude comment in the presence of child that could be hurt.
  • Hezakiah4@aol.com 2013/01/29 20:53:08
  • Sav 2013/01/29 18:49:08
  • Ozymandias 2013/01/29 18:12:08
  • Alacrity 2013/01/29 06:31:53 (edited)
    No
    Alacrity
    This was a private remark to the waiter, was it not? Was it overheard by the child's family? What were the other circumstances? Was the waiter the owner of the place? and protecting his fine regular customers, who were parents of the child?
  • chris.c... Alacrity 2013/01/29 09:32:31 (edited)
    chris.castle.906
    +3
    It does not matter how loud ignorance and intolerance are.
    What if the comment had been about your wife or mother or any other loved one about any thing else.
    This waiter is a hero for standing up for his principles and defending someone who needed defending.
    If more of this happened then we would have a lot more people doing soul searching
  • Alacrity chris.c... 2013/03/04 03:43:01
    Alacrity
    I am the owner of a restaurant... and have a different perspective that most.
  • andy15554 Alacrity 2013/01/29 23:09:42
    andy15554
    +2
    you're a foul bigiot
  • C. C. R... andy15554 2013/01/30 03:12:58
    C. C. Rider
    hey, good post....you must be a DEM!!
  • andy15554 C. C. R... 2013/01/31 21:39:51
    andy15554
    +1
    goodness no, I have a working brain, could never be that.
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2013/01/28 12:19:40
  • mikeyavelli 2013/01/27 22:57:45
    No
    mikeyavelli
    having been in the biz for years, no waiter of mine would have survived that altruistic behavior on restaurant time. if you want to be vigilant, do it on your own turf and time, not mine.
  • Alacrity mikeyav... 2013/01/29 06:35:30 (edited)
    Alacrity
    +1
    that's my feeling, too! for I own a restaurant.
  • mikeyav... Alacrity 2013/01/29 20:11:09
    mikeyavelli
    then you know. no one, not even the owner, should practice politics on the customer. i was even nice to george stephanopolous. and i'm to the right of dick cheney.
  • Hezakia... mikeyav... 2013/01/29 20:44:48
  • mikeyav... Hezakia... 2013/01/30 22:13:40
    mikeyavelli
    ...or worse...it's been done. i saw it, maybe even did it when i was a youngster.
  • David (oYo) 2013/01/27 22:29:05
  • Michael S. 2013/01/27 22:05:15
    Yes
    Michael S.
    +1
    He probably risked his job taking a stand like that, and that takes a lot of courage. Nobody has a right to force someone else to serve them, so if the waiter's employer agrees with him that the family he refused was unworthy, well...that should be the end of it. :p
  • pjobrien 2013/01/27 21:33:20
    Yes
    pjobrien
    +1
    Well done. Rude people deserve a special place too... their homes.
  • Adam 2013/01/27 19:08:09
    Yes
    Adam
    +2
    I don't know. I don't know if it was the right thing to do. I don't know if he made a real difference. I don't know if it was worth the risk. I don't know what penalty this should carry, though the weight of what he did lies in how the waiter was willing to accept the consequences of his action. What I do know is that the waiter did what he did out of a morally right sentiment, a desire to do right, and a willingness to put his ass on the line for those convictions. I can't ask for anything more out of a human being.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2013/01/27 18:05:48
    Yes
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    Hope the owner agrees.
  • Charles R. Anderson 2013/01/27 18:02:43
    Yes
    Charles R. Anderson
    +1
    He was not obliged to serve people so obnoxious.
  • juneathomas 2013/01/27 17:54:52
  • santa6642 2013/01/27 17:27:40
  • HamedMikeHarris 2013/01/27 16:04:01
    Yes
    HamedMikeHarris
    +1
    Good job waiter!!!!
  • Lady Whitewolf 2013/01/27 15:50:57
    Yes
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Hell to the YES!!
  • SandraKogelheide 2013/01/27 15:33:51
    Yes
    SandraKogelheide
    +3
    He did the right thing and good on him.
  • hasher 2013/01/27 15:23:50
    Yes
    hasher
    +2
    hooray for him. what snobs!!! i have been around special needs kids my entire life that my speciial needs son was in school. he has been friends with autism, downs syndrome, bi polar kids you name it. he himself is learning disabled. i wonder what they would have done had they had a child with special needs???
  • psychobabe 2013/01/27 14:36:19
    No
    psychobabe
    Overhearing a remark is not grounds for refusal. So everyone needs to keep their damn mouth shut when in public? It's called keeping your nose out of someone elses conversation. If I said something that offended another while out eating...in a private conversation and was to told I wouldn't be waited on....you can bet all hell would break loose. Being offended is BS. Last I checked, if you can't handle the different feelings/opinions of others...the last place you need to work is for the public.
  • hasher psychobabe 2013/01/27 15:26:29
    hasher
    and to make a rude comment like that in public shouldnt be said out loud enough so everyone can hear it. obviously you dont have a child with special needs but if you did ill bet you wouldn be saying what you just now posted.
  • Eddie_D... hasher 2013/01/28 12:21:50
  • psychobabe hasher 2013/01/28 13:52:59
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