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"Special needs children need to be special somewhere else." What would you do if you heard someone utter this statement?

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"Special needs children need to be special somewhere else." What would you do if you heard someone utter this statement?

What would you do if a group of regular customers at the restaurant you work at asked to move from their table to a table that was farther away from where a child with Down syndrome was sitting? What would you do if you overheard one of them say "Special needs children need to be special somewhere else"? What would you do if those very words cut you like a knife? Well, I'll tell you what Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo's Prime Rib in Houston, Texas, did. He told this customer: "I'm not going to be able to serve you, sir." And later, as the customer was on his way out of the restaurant, he asked him: "How could you say that? How could you say that about a beautiful five-year old angel?" Kim Castello and her five-year-old son, Milo, who has Down syndrome, are also regulars at the restaurant. Milo was excited about his birthday a week earlier and was chatting it up with a few waiters when Kim noticed the other table move. She didn't hear the remark, but was so grateful to Michael when she later found out what he had done. "I was impressed that somebody would step out of their own comfort level and put their job on the line, as well as stand up for someone else," she said. "I know Michael did it from his heart." Michael said his personal feelings took over and he didn't think twice about whether or not this would cost him his job. It didn't. Instead he is being celebrated as a local hero. As news of Michael's action spread across the Internet, customers have been seeking him out. People are coming in to shake his hand and business has been phenomenal. Kim hopes this story will encourage "people to stand up for people who can't stand up for themselves and that it's worth taking the risk." As for the other table, "maybe next time they'll think twice before they utter those words or say something derogatory about somebody else," she said. I will end this post by telling you what I always tell my children... Always follow your heart. It rarely leads you down the wrong path. This story is a prime example of what can happen when you do just that.
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