I’m exhausted with gun debates, and liberal hypocritical insanity, today. That’s why it lifted my spirit today to hear of a average man who exemplifies what makes America great. His name is Michael Garcia and if you ever run across him he deserves to be bought a libation of his choice for being just a stand up guy with a great heart. I have several friends with autistic children, not full down syndrome per se, and can see how difficult it is for them and they work very hard to give their children constant support and understanding. I’ve also seen how the average person on the street avoids them or whispers behind their backs. Thank you Mr. Garcia for showing class, dignity and compassion for others. Too seldom do all of us remember how far that can go in helping others.
FOX: Houston waiter refuses to serve customer who insulted Down syndrome boy
A Houston waiter’s Facebook page has been inundated with friend requests and messages after a story of how he stood up for a special needs child went viral.
Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s, was serving a family who have been regulars since the restaurant opened. The family includes 5-year-old Milo, who has Down syndrome.
“Milo wasn’t being bad, he was just talking and making little noises,” Garcia told FoxNews.com. But a customer at a nearby table who was also with his family began making comments about Milo.
The customer got up from the table and moved his family to another table further away from Milo, but still in Garcia’s serving section.
Garcia said the man continued talking about Milo and said, “special needs children need to be special somewhere else.”
“My personal feelings took over because that’s ignorance in my opinion and I told him ‘Sir, I won’t be able to serve you,'” Garcia tells FoxNews.com.
The man and his family got up and left the restaurant, while Milo’s family was unaware of the incident at all.
“Maybe there were other ways I could have handled it, but Milo is such an angel, he is a gift from God as are all special needs children,” Garcia said.
Garcia did not tell Milo’s family of the incident because he didn’t want to cause them any pain. He compared his actions to wanting to shield someone and said he hopes someone would do the same for his family. Another server told Milo’s family what Garcia had done.
“We can’t lose track of what this is about,” Garcia said about the amount of attention the story has gotten.
“It is about Milo, it is about educating ourselves and when people are different, why should you treat them any different?”
“It’s fear of the unknown,” he said.
FoxNews.com’s Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.