Michael Garcia is anything but a typical waiter at Laurenzo's restaurant in Texas. On Jan. 20 Fox News shares how Garcia defended a little boy with down syndrome that regularly comes into the restaurant with his family.
According to the report, another patron was sitting nearby the family when Milo, the five year old with down syndrome, began talking and making little noises. He wasn't being bad, he was just chattering when the other patron also sitting with his family began making rude comments, among them; "Special needs kids need to go be special somewhere else."
The customer was irritated and got up with his family and moved to another seat, still in Garcia's area. When he continued to talk about and bad-mouth Milo, Michael went to the table and told the family, "I'm sorry, Sir, I can't serve you." He says that his personal feelings took over and he just couldn't believe the ignorance. The family got up and left and Milo's family wasn't told of the incident. Garcia didn't want to bring unnecessary attention to the situation and make the family feel bad. Another waiter told Milo's family of the situation.
Garcia says that his main concern in all of this is that we don't lose sight of the important issue. Michael Garcia says that it is about Milo, and about educating ourselves and the people we involve ourselves with about differences that each person may have. It is the fear of the unknown that most are afraid of but when they close themselves off, they are not only hurting themselves.