It’s not very often that we hear good news when a waiter or waitress hits the news because they refuse service to a customer. However, Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s Prime Rib in Houston refused to serve a family of four and he is being applauded for it. The family in question asked to be moved to a new table and made an offensive remark about a child with Down syndrome (FOX 8, Jan. 21). Garcia decided to take a stand.
Kim Castillo and her son, 5-year-old Milo were enjoying dinner at Laurenzo’s however, the group in the booth next to them asked to be moved, and left the restaurant soon after. Castillo shared: “As it turns out they told the waiter, ‘special needs kids should be kept in special places,’” Castillo said. “The waiter promptly told them he was offended by their comment and refused to serve them.”
Since the incident, The restaurant's Facebook page has since been swamped with supportive comments from Facebook user’s everywhere.
Once Facebook user said “Michael Garcia ...you warm our hearts and give us the courage to continue to do the right thing for the most simplest reason ...true love of humanity.... you are a Superstar!!“
Others vowed to visit Laurenzo’s whenever they make it to the Houston area “I am a long way from Houston, but if I ever get there, I will be sure to visit your place of business. Great job Mr. Garcia!”
Garcia later contacted 29-95.com and added the following: "Did he just say that in front of his own children? ... I had considered whether or not I would lose my job, but I knew it wasn't right. I could find another job and my guests would follow me. ... I was pissed."
"If he had been obnoxious, which like any other 5 year old he can be, I wouldn’t have thought twice about the family asking to move. No one wants to sit next to a loud, disruptive child but it had nothing to do with him having special needs. He is just a kid and shouldn’t be discriminated against. He certainly didn’t ask to be born with Down’s syndrome."