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Waiter gets recognition for standing up for child

HOUSTON, Texas—A Texas waiter is receiving a lot of recognition for going out of his way to protect a special needs child.

For Kim Castillo, Wednesday started out as a typical dinner with her family, including her 5-year-old son Milo.

Milo is like other children his age with one difference, he has been diagnosed with Downs Syndrome.

Castillo said, “The waiters were excited to see Milo because they haven’t seen him in a while.”

Just as they were sitting down, the family at the adjacent table got up and moved.

The waiter, Michael Garcia, didn’t think much of it until he heard the family start talking.

Garcia said, “He said ‘special needs children need to be special somewhere else.’ That’s like saying you don’t need to be here, you’re a different skin color.”

Immediately, the long-time waiter reacted, telling the guests he would not serve them.

He said, “He told me if I couldn’t serve him, he was going to leave. I probably shouldn’t have said it but I said ‘Okay, good.”

Castillo never imagined Garcia would risk his job to stand up for her son.

She said, “I know Michael, we’ve been here quite a few times but I wouldn’t have expected anyone to do that and risk their job or anything else.”

The Laurenzo family, who owns the restaurant, supported Garcia’s decision, along with other customers.

Bill Baker said, “The customer’s not always right, not always right in a situation like that. We all need to watch out for our children.”

Milo’s family says it’s just another reason why they love their city.

Castillo said, “I think in Houston it’s typical of how people in Houston are, as far as standing up for others who can’t stand up for themselves.”