(There are many nannies of special needs children who post on ISYN with awesome advice - this article is dedicated to you)
A Waiter Stands Up For A Child With Down Syndrome
A Houston waiter refused to serve a customer and did not lose his job. Michael Garcia is being celebrated for standing up for a little boy with DS, with many people coming into the restaurant to shake his hand.
One of the regulars,Kim Castillo, was at Laurenzo's Prime Rib when several waiters stopped by her table. Her 5 year old son Milo, who has DS, was showing off his new words and talking about his birthday. A family sitting near by asked to move away from the area the Castillo family were sitting in, and a man in the group made a desparaging comment about Milo.
" I heard the man say ' special needs children need to be special somewhere else' " Garcia told KPRC and reporter Shern Min Chow. " My personal feelings took over and i told him 'I'm not going to be able to serve you sir' "
Michael asked the man, "How could you say that about a beautiful 5 year old angel? "
Castillo saw the family move but did not hear the remark and was grateful when she found out what Garcia had done, especially as they were regulars also. " 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," said Milo's mom Kim, "I know Michael did it from his heart, and from reacting to the situation. I don't think he stopped and thought what he was doing."
Of the family she said, " It's sad that they are ignorant."
When the story spread Milo and Michael became world-wide examples of tolerance and the human spirit of community. Michael received many donations for THE RISE SCHOOL and turned them over at a fun party for the school
There are many nannies who are role models like Michael - SALUTE !