Laurenzo waiter sticks up for a special needs child

Michael Garcia a waiter at Houston restaurant Laurenzo’s was so disgusted by a comment made toward one of his long time (and littlest) patrons of the establishment he works at, that he put his job on the line and refused to serve a couple after they got up and moved tables.  The waiter then heard the comment made by the father of the family about 5 year Milo who has Down Syndrome. “Special needs children need to be special someplace else.”

“My personal feelings took over,” he said, leading him to tell the father, “Sir, I won’t be able to serve you.” The family left the restaurant. — said Garcia.

Milo Castillo Laurenzo’s special patron.

Milo’s mom, Kim Castillo said that their family had been coming to Laurenzo’s for a long time. That they have been taking their son to restaurants since he was born. He is usually well-behaved and better even than most kids his age.

The news hit the restaurant’s facebook page where it exploded with praise from around the world for Garcia and what he did. Everyone  supporting the compassionate waiter’s decision to refuse service to the family who he felt were being rude. The owners of Laurenzo’s fully supported their employees decision.

Kim Castillo, Milo’s mom shared her story online and how proud she is of Michael and all the staff at Laurenzos. Milo was just excited to share news about his birthday and talk happily with the staff.

As a mom of a special needs child, I am angry and outraged at the lack of compassion and ignorance by this family in question. It would have been one thing if the family had just moved and said we would like it a little quieter thanks. But to say such a horrible thing about a child who did not ask to be born with special needs.  It’s utterly disgusting!  I think as a mom in general my mama bear instincts would have kick in and I’d be ready to kick a$$.
Michael Garcia is not a just a waiter at Laurenzo’s, he is a hero. To stand up for Milo is a great thing, but he also showed that compassion and understanding does exist in this world for all of us who are special or different in our own ways. God Bless you!

Note: I’d like to thank Tasha from Life of a Canadian Angel for bringing this story to my attention on our facebook timeline. You rock girlie!

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