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From Waiter to Hero

Posted by Nevone Blount on February 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

It's about time for a feel good story. Mr. Michael Garcia provides just that. I'll admit that I'm a bit late in discovering this story but things like this have no time frame. 

Garcia is a waiter at Houston's Laurenzo's Prime Rib. Doesn't seem too heroic, huh? But jobs don't make heroes, actions do and it was the action of Garcia that propels him to something more than any job ever could. But Garcia is being applauded for what he didn't do rather than what he did do. He refused to serve a family that came into his restaurant and asked to be seated away from little Milo Castillo and his family. You see, this family didn't want to sit by Milo because Milo is a child with Down Syndrome and apparently this family believes that "special needs children need to be special somewhere else."

You must take into consideration the sort of things that could have happened to Garcia for refusing to serve paying customers in this restaurant. It could have been a bad mark against the establishment for having a waiter who refused to serve. Garcia could've been penalized by being written up, or even worse, fired. He put his name and his restaurant's name on the line by refusing to serve.

But none of that seemed to cross Garcia's mind. There was seemingly no second guessing coming from him, he refused to serve a family who felt that it would be okay to discriminate against someone because of their disability. People like Garcia should be praised and applauded for standing up for the right thing regardless of what the potential consequences are. 

And praise and applause is exactly what Garcia has been getting. He's recieved monetary donations from all around the country once his story spread. Garcia could have taken this money and did whatever he wanted with it but you know what he did? He gave the money to The Rise School of Houston, a Down Syndrome inclusive school and the school that Milo attends. 

Garcia proves that sometimes being a hero is not what you do but what you don't do. 

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