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2013-01-18 02:23:22 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.


Maybe, but this story is about a kid with Down's.
 
2013-01-18 02:24:36 PM

MycroftHolmes: unlikely: My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.

This is unlikely


looks like there's only one Laurenzo's...so yes
 
2013-01-18 02:24:45 PM
You know what, some restaurants do go above and beyond. I once worked with a guy on a puree diet and they ground up the whole damn Easter dinner for him. I wish that place hadn't gone bankrupt in a terrible small town economy. Good service and good chicken florentine too.
 
2013-01-18 02:25:16 PM

urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.


Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.
 
2013-01-18 02:25:30 PM

tricycleracer: Stand up for one special needs kid and, before your know it, you're the premier special needs restaurant in town.  I mean, who wouldn't want that moniker?


It's in Texas, so draw your own conclusions.
 
2013-01-18 02:25:57 PM
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2013-01-18 02:25:58 PM

MycroftHolmes: This is unlikely


Every bit as credible as the story in the link.
 
2013-01-18 02:26:01 PM

Uranus Is Huge!: Popcorn Johnny: Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.

Maybe, but this story is about a kid with Down's.


Who are, of course, renowned throughout the West for their Gilded Age manners and serene table grace.
 
2013-01-18 02:26:18 PM
assuming that this will drum up a lot of business for the restaurant (kudos to the waiter for doing the right thing) - My headline might have been "Special Needs Kid Causes Long Wait Lines at Restaurant"
 
2013-01-18 02:26:45 PM

WinoRhino: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.

I'm going to call bullshiat on your story. You're suggesting that the parents and the restaurant simply sighed and let that happen, huh? And you graciously did as well, only asking to be moved, huh? Nope. Never happened.


I never said anything about parents. He was with a caregiver who was clearly ill-equipped to handle having him out at a restaurant. What would you rather have me do? Go over to the table and tell them to "shut their kid up"? What's the matter with you, anyway? Simply asking to be moved to another table is a reasonable and adult response.
 
2013-01-18 02:27:05 PM

another cultural observer: Fizpez: Fark that, the waiter should be fired for being a bleeding heart liberal.... probably has an Obama bumpersticker on his car...

/that's the theme this week right?

No, you've got it all wrong. The waiter was an avid churchgoer with a choose life bumpersticker. If the waiter were a liberal, he'd have simply complied with the patrons' request to be moved, and understood the reason why. He'd then wonder why the Downs kid wasn't aborted.

Seriously, why wasn't he aborted?


insultyourbossday.com
 
2013-01-18 02:27:26 PM
The lass and I got a hotel suite next to a family with a kid that was screaming hateful crap at his keepers.
I went to the quiet bathroom and called to get a new room
and got to hear the desk clerk go from helpful to
...oh, you're THAT kind of guest..

after 20 minutes of thrashing and yelling I called the desk,
asked to speak to the asst manager
and stood next to the wall the kid was slamming his body against.

got a better room in seconds
and champagne

the hershey hotel, not to be confused with the highway
 
2013-01-18 02:28:10 PM
Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:05 PM
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Then John came out from the back room and everyone gathered around for a laugh.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:06 PM

serpent_sky: Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


If the waiter refused to serve you but you still wanted to eat, you could ask (or be asked) to move to a table served by someone else. Is deductive reasoning dead?
 
2013-01-18 02:29:21 PM

The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.


Unlike the biting commentary you've contributed.

You come to Fark looking for high comedy. lol

Get a load of Little Lord Fauntleroy.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:36 PM
Ahh, i miss the good 'ole days, when you'd just send your baby off to an institution and try again hoping the next won't be defective too. ;)

Charles.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:37 PM
The family that owns Laurenzo's owns several other very  good tex mex places in Houston. Laurenzo's may be a "steak" restaurant but it is very very family friendly. I can see this happening given what I know of the restaurant - especially as from what I understand from another article, the family with the special needs kid were regulars.

This restaurant is on the "Washington Corridor" where all of the entitle little hipsters like to go bar hopping and drive their stupid keg-cycle down the street so they can "drink and drive" between bars. So yeah, I'm betting this happened.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:10 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.


I call my dog my little chou-chou sometimes.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:15 PM

The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.


PRO TIP: If you're looking for high comedy here, you're doing it wrong.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:43 PM
THANK YOU WAITER ! GREAT !
 
2013-01-18 02:30:54 PM

topcon: Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.


from mom: "Was he loud? Maybe a little in the moment..." but, apparently they were regulars, so...
Link
 
2013-01-18 02:31:21 PM

urbangirl: If you're looking for high comedy here, you're doing it wrong.


Some of funniest things I've ever read/seen have come from posters on this site.

/forgive my grouchiness.
//long week
 
2013-01-18 02:31:23 PM
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Pie. It's Pie.
 
2013-01-18 02:31:53 PM

pute kisses like a man: She says she learned this family had told the waiter that "Special needs kids should be kept in special places." At that point, the waiter apparently told the customers that he was offended and would not serve them.

If this was said, i understand asking the people to leave. if they just said, can we please move with no explanation, or just explaining that they would prefer a quieter seating option, then there probably wouldn't have been a story.


They could have said that, in a fit of frustration because of the noise or whatever was going on. I don't know. I am pretty cynical and think most people suck, but I doubt there are people in the world who just refuse to be seated near a special needs kid that isn't making a ruckus.  It doesn't make what they said right, but I also don't believe that someone who said that said it (a) for no reason or (b) just quietly left without a huge scene.  *shrug*
 
2013-01-18 02:32:50 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.


You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?
 
2013-01-18 02:33:00 PM

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


You obviously haven't waited tables. There are a lot of weird assholes out there that asked to be moved for much, much less. Last night I had a table move because there were two "normal" children at the table next to them (who were surprisingly well behaved).

I believe it, and here's why: people being waited on feel an entitlement for some reason... like the table is "theirs" and the waiter is in "their area." Bartenders get to say no/put assholes in their place all the time, it is why waiters work so hard to get the promotion up to the bar. If this guy really made such an awful comment about special kids needing to be kept in special places, then the waiter stumbled into a rare situation - One where he could really break out of his subservient waiter shell, buck up like a bartender, and tell this guy to fark off. I'm sure the asshole realized how inappropriate his comment was. If THE WAITER, someone who makes his living by essentially biting his tongue constantly, took the rare chance to take a stand, then I'm sure the guy wouldn't have tried to cause a scene... because he knew he farked up and wouldn't win, not with the bartender, not with the Manager, ESPECIALLY if it was in independent, non-chain joint. Anyway, good job kid, you'll make it to the bar soon.

Once I got to kick out people for making loud, overtly racist comments in a packed restaurant. "Pay up, get out, and don't come back assholes" were my words. The manager had my back. The owner had my back. I never got in trouble.
 
2013-01-18 02:33:15 PM

The Muthaship: urbangirl: If you're looking for high comedy here, you're doing it wrong.

Some of funniest things I've ever read/seen have come from posters on this site.

/forgive my grouchiness.
//long week


me too. don't aplogize -- i'm having fun yankin' your chain.
 
2013-01-18 02:33:31 PM
I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.
 
2013-01-18 02:33:33 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: topcon: Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.

from mom: "Was he loud? Maybe a little in the moment..." but, apparently they were regulars, so...
Link


Yeah, as we expected. The kid was probably making a shiatload of ruckus. I'd be surprised if the family even said "special needs kids should be kept in special places."
 
2013-01-18 02:34:07 PM
I mean they aren't special needs
 
2013-01-18 02:34:18 PM

urbangirl: i'm having fun yankin' your chain.


Then I will continue to act curmudgeonly.....
 
2013-01-18 02:34:28 PM
Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?
 
2013-01-18 02:35:04 PM
I thought the 'Hero' tag was reserved for gun shows
 
2013-01-18 02:35:59 PM

The Muthaship: urbangirl: i'm having fun yankin' your chain.

Then I will continue to act curmudgeonly.....


Niiiiiice.
 
2013-01-18 02:36:39 PM
WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids
. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister
 
2013-01-18 02:37:20 PM

The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.


Exactly, it's not as if we don't all know that pissed off restaurant workers will do vile things to your food. Either we've worked in restaurants or know people who have and while I am sure some of the stories are embellished, these things actually do happen, so it's not much of a joke.

Plus, this is Fark, where people really do seem to get off on revenge fantasies like peeing in someone's soup.  Can't imagine how I missed that "joke". Oh well. :)
 
2013-01-18 02:37:27 PM

doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?


Mocking crippled kids is also an option.
 
2013-01-18 02:38:20 PM
You people laugh, but none of you will ever know the horror of getting a call at three in the morning and hearing the doctor say they can't find a potato. None of you will ever know the struggle of watching a child die from Down Syndrome, and watching the life slowly drain from your wife's face!

We keep his ashes on our piano in a tasteful tribute to him.

All you insensitive assholes can go DIAF.
 
2013-01-18 02:39:19 PM

topcon: Yeah, as we expected. The kid was probably making a shiatload of ruckus. I'd be surprised if the family even said "special needs kids should be kept in special places."


Sounds like the kid was making noise (from another link someone posted) as I suspected. For all we know, they did say that, but maybe when they asked to be moved, the waiter pointed out the kid was special needs. I could also see that scenario happening. You know, he's special, therefore, deal with it?   Again, maybe they were just assholes, but this story seems so far out of line with reality, I'm sticking with noisy kid, overreacting waiter, and a side order of bullshiat.
 
2013-01-18 02:40:15 PM

doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister


I've tried. She can be very demanding.
 
2013-01-18 02:40:21 PM

unlikely: My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.


I'm sure if they tell their story to the Consumerist, there will be an article ripping the restaurant for failing to serve their customers properly, along with some of the unkind Yelp reviews and Facebook comments.
 
2013-01-18 02:40:27 PM

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2013-01-18 02:41:07 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: topcon: Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.

from mom: "Was he loud? Maybe a little in the moment..." but, apparently they were regulars, so...
Link


And I hate to break it to the mom, but "in the moment" is all the people at the other table have as a reference for the child's behavior. They don't know the kid, and if he was loud in that moment, perhaps they wanted to avoid an entire meal full of similar behavior.

And it's Consumerist, so color me skeptical.
 
2013-01-18 02:41:20 PM

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2013-01-18 02:41:39 PM
I have a tough time believing that the family left for no other reason than that a special-needs kid sat at a table nearby, mostly because I think that if this were truly the only reason, then the family likely wouldn't even have known that a special-needs kid sat at a table nearby. Restaurant patrons don't normally pay that much attention to people at other tables. The insults were uncalled for regardless, but I find it unlikely that the kid truly did nothing.

Like all kids, special-needs kids need to be exposed to social situations. But also like all kids, those situations need to be scaled and matched to their capabilities at the moment.
 
2013-01-18 02:41:51 PM

durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.


What's wrong with that? As long as the restaurant is able to accomodate them in a reasonable manner, I see no problem with this.
 
2013-01-18 02:42:39 PM
Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?
 
2013-01-18 02:42:42 PM

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What's not a woman. That's Phillip Seymore Hoffman.


I was thinking William H. Macy.

Filliam H. Muffman?
 
2013-01-18 02:43:03 PM

pute kisses like a man: oh_please: Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I read TFA, and I couldn't have said it any better. Something else was happening there.

personally, i think asking to be moved to a new table is not a big deal. I've done it before around screaming babies and people who talk too loudly. but, according to the article:

She says she learned this family had told the waiter that "Special needs kids should be kept in special places." At that point, the waiter apparently told the customers that he was offended and would not serve them.

If this was said, i understand asking the people to leave. if they just said, can we please move with no explanation, or just explaining that they would prefer a quieter seating option, then there probably wouldn't have been a story.


Yeah, but the story paints a different picture...basically it says that they asked to move just because the kid was "special needs", without saying anything other than that. That smells like bullshiat.There were other things going on, I'll guarantee it.

Odds are, the kid was screaming and hollering and destroying their night out, maybe the ONE night out that they get every few months, where they just want to sit down, enjoy a farking quiet dinner, and talk over a glass of wine or something.

Maybe I'm projecting too much into this, but the Mrs and I have been there, done that.
 
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