On a typical Wednesday evening, Kim Castillo was out with her family and son, five-year-old Milo Castillo, enjoying a nice dinner. The family was dining at a restaurant called Laurenzo’s. The waiters were happy to see the Castillo family, especially young Milo, who has Down’s syndrome. However, just as the family was taking their seats in a booth, the family beside them moved tables. The server of that table, Michael Garcia, didn’t think much of the family moving until he heard a particularly disparaging comment.
One member of the family claimed, “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else.”
Michael was not one to tolerate this insensitive behavior, likening it to the family rejecting someone due to their skin color.
Standing up for Milo, Michael put his tip – and job – on the line. He told the family he would refuse to serve them, and when they claimed they would leave without service, Michael stood firm.