Costumer asks management to put up a "notice" sign after getting served by a waiter with Down Syndrome
Although a lot of awareness has been raised about people with special needs in the last few years, there are still people out there who refuse to change their opinion about them. That's why, when a man asked Amanda Cartagine to put up a notice about staffing her restaurant with special needs employees, she was baffled by his rude remarks. Instead of doing what the man asked her though, she responded with a different sign in her restaurant window. It was a sign of love towards all special needs people.
via WYFF News 4
Amanda has been running Pizza Inn for several years now and about 60% of her staff includes people with special needs, especially individuals with Down Sydrome. Amanda loves this kids like they were her own children, which is why she took the costumer's rude comment to heart.
Not wanting to let him get away with the comments he made toward his server with Down Syndrome, Amanda decided to challenge the costumer's comments with a different kind of sign. Attached to the front window of the establishment, the sign reads, "Some of us have a different hair color, some of us have tattoos, other people have different personalities or are born differently, but here we are all one big happy family."
The sign continues to read, "We are proud to be employers that believe in equality and in highering all of God's children."
Most of Pizza Inn's costumers have loved Amanda's sign. Perhaps the person who has felt the most inspired by it is Ryan Mosley, the server with Down Syndrome that had served the man who asked Amanda to inform her costumers about her special needs employees. Now, Ryan couldn't be more happy to work for Amanda. Apart from loving his job, he's also able to put a little money away for a rainy day.
Amanda's touching sign encouraged Ryan's mom, Angie, to speak up about the incident. She stated, "We parents with special needs children have to always have to stand strong when we fight against prejudice and stigmas. If we don't teach others that our children aren't so different from them, who will?".
In Angie's eyes, Amanda's sign in the front window of Pizza Inn is a sign that people are listening and becoming more aware of just what special needs children of capable of accomplishing. Ryan, and other kids like him, have the right to work like everyone else. Just because they look different, doesn't mean they don't have the same rights as the rest of us!