Waiter Becomes Hero By Refusing Service

No shirt, no shoes, insulting a disabled child… no service.

As anyone who’s waited tables can tell you, it is a bad idea to offend the waiter. Those are the people who control when and whether you eat; you be nice to them. Not just them, either; if you’re the kind of human being who will insult a disabled child in public, then you just might be refused food altogether and told to take your act on the road.

And don’t bother complaining about it, either, because that waiter who just kicked you out of the restaurant? He’s a hero now.

Waiter Michael Garcia did exactly that in Houston eatery Laurenzo’s, and I hope his boss gives him a substantial bonus, because the story is spreading all over the internet and the restaurant’s Facebook page is full of hundreds of comments like these:

My son just moved to Houston. When I get out there to visit I fully intend to make Laurenzo’s and Mr. Garcia a part of my trip. Thank you for standing up for this special child. A fan from Kansas.

Just read the story about Mr. Garcia!!! So proud of you for taking a stand!! I wish there were more people like you!!!

Good for you. We have two special needs grandkids that we are raising. They are more well behaved in restaurants than many normal children but they don’t always know how to control their voices. If we lived in your area, we would definitely be there. People need to get a life. It isn’t all about “YOU”.

Thank you so much sir!!! Mental health and special needs awareness still needs much more work. Thank you for being aware and making more people aware by your actions.

Garcia is being lauded as a hero, with television appearances, tons of personal messages, and more. The 21st century being what it is, somewhere someone’s probably writing fanfic where he teams up with Fluttershy to save Equestria.

Today, you may have a seemingly small opportunity to stand up for what’s right. It might or might not seem like a big deal. Take the opportunity. Do what’s right. Sometimes nobody notices, sometimes everyone notices, but either way, you’ll know what choice you made.

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  4. wellokaythen says:

    Devil’s advocate here. Let me reduce my popularity further by trying to see things from the insulter’s point of view.

    What the customer “reportedly” muttered was that the boy should go be special somewhere else. That was the basis of refusing service to the man’s whole family. He used “special” in a sarcastic way, and that is the grave insult that destroyed his chance at service.

    I’d like to know where people think we should draw the line. Absolutely, maintain civility towards disabled customers. Certainly Down’s syndrome is a recognizable disability, as is Tourette’s, but at some point, in some cases, if a child is disruptive then that child should be the one kicked out, not the customers who complain about the noise. If you bring a child to a restaurant who is just out of control, just run-of-the-mill hyperactive and unruly, then you and the child should be asked to leave. My fear is that “special needs” is being expanded to include things that are extremely common and not special in any sense. “My kid doesn’t listen to me” is not the same as “having a disabled child.”

    I’m waiting for the story of the heroic waiter who asks a family with out-of-control children to leave the restaurant. Unfortunately, such a waiter will become a villain in the press, not a hero.

    • “Certainly Down’s syndrome is a recognizable disability, as is Tourette’s, but at some point, in some cases, if a child is disruptive then that child should be the one kicked out, not the customers who complain about the noise.”

      Seems to me that the people running the establishment get to make on-the-spot decisions about who gets kicked out, and who gets to stay. Nothing to lose sleep over. If one is kicked out of a restaurant, he or she can always go to another one.

      • wellokaythen says:

        Fair enough. The establishment has the same right either way. But, since the waiter in this case is being praised, I thought it’s fair to weigh in on what I would praise in other waiters.

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