Awesome: Waiter who stood up for boy with Down syndrome brings gifts, donations to child’s school

And now for the uplifting palate cleanser of the week.

In January, Twitchy told you about Michael Garcia, the Houston waiter who refused to serve a customer who insulted Milo Castillo, a five-year-old boy with Down syndrome. After he overheard the man say, “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” Garcia told him, “I’m sorry, I can’t serve you.”

The heartwarming story didn’t end there.

Garcia’s story lit up social media and letters, money and gifts poured in from all over the world, including “a box with Star Wars t-shirts and toys … with a handwritten note from Lucas Films.” Garcia says all of it is going to Milo and his classmates at the Rise School of Houston, a school that serves children with and without developmental disabilities.

“I couldn’t keep one penny of it,” Garcia explained. “It wouldn’t be right. I’ve really taken a look at myself and it’s really changed me.”

Garcia presented gift cards and a check for $1,145 to the school, and the students honored their hero with a celebration.

What’s next for Garcia? He’s still working at Laurenzo’s restaurant and says he’d like to volunteer at the Rise School.

  • Jimni27

    Faith restored :)

    • Jenn

      We saw your earlier comment. Ask and you shall receive! :-)

      • Jimni27

        Lol thanks so much! Love this site!

      • Patrick Dennehy

        Thank you! Great story of a kind couragous man. A palate cleanser was definitely needed

  • RadicalRebelWhoMeToo
  • C. Dias

    dang onions… well done sir!

  • MJScanlonOH

    I praise the Lord for this man walking his talk!

  • Melinda J. Blake McClung

    You are awesome.I drive school bus for special needs and they are such sweet little kids, Thanks for standing up for them.

    • Politically Incorrect

      We, in the human race, really need to hear at least one such story a day; it’s good for the soul…

    • Politically Incorrect

      We, in the human race, really need to hear at least one such story a day; it’s good for the soul…

  • lazypadawan

    Great story. However, Twitchy, you get a slap on the wrist for “Lucas Films.” The name of the company is “Lucasfilm.”

    • Patrick Dennehy

      If we are going to be 100% accurate it’s “The company that sucked the soul out of my favorite childhood film franchise”

      • TheOriginalDonald

        and will continue to do so now that jar Jar Abrams is directing Star Wars Episode VII-LOST!

  • Txgirlinnh

    Love this story! Mr. Garcia is truly a gentleman.

  • Lady 12

    This story is a breath of sweet, fresh air. Well done, Mr. Garcia.

  • KahNayNay

    I am a patron at Laurenzos here in Houston for Sunday Brunch and Garcia has been my waiter every time. He is such a nice person and just wants you to enjoy your meal and your time at Laurenzos and loves to chat up the patrons…….I am planning my birthday Brunch there for my birthday in April and I only hope he waits our table!! The entire Laurenzo family owns several different restaurants in town and even though each restaurant is different, they always have great service and good food…Houston is a great city full of good and friendly people. Garcia is an example of what most people in Houston are like!

  • poljunkie♪

    Good man!

  • Glynn

    These are the sweetest little human beings on earth. Bundles of love like humanity has never known. Mr. Garcia, I am a firm believer there are angels among us. This story proves it. Well done!

  • Gerard Neumann

    Name of restaurant? I’d like to go there.

  • Pierre Agamata

    You’re the man, Mr. Garcia.

  • Trevor Sanchez

    A great man. Glad he is getting the recognition he deserves. too bad the identity of the man who said those awful words isn’t known. He must see himself as being perfect in this world. But he will get a surprise in the next one.

  • Anna Crawford Rice

    My son is special needs and he has been the ultimate blessing to our family. God bless you Mr Garcia. There needs to be more people like you in the world!

  • Dan Bruce

    Nice job Mr. Garcia, I hope the individuals who made those tasteless remarks learned their lesson. I think the restaurant owners/ managers should get a thumbs up too for having this guy’s back.

  • BillnCara Elrod

    very cool. Nice to see positive stories about positive people

  • Roger Bradley

    Thank you for doing the right thing! God bless you!

  • tinker_thinker

    A wonderful man who has learned what a true gift a special child is.!

  • Deana Gardner Ray

    Awesome to hear! Honestly though, with all the PC crap, etc I’m surprised the guy didn’t get fired. Love it!

  • Debra Serrano

    god bless you! i LOVE the storm trooper shirt!

  • Shannon Piper

    And this is what we need. Not a bureau of sensitivity or a public service announcement, but real love from one human being to another. Amazing what an impact that can make!

  • c4pfan

    That’s so awesome!

  • Justin Mars

    Im amazed that there are still ingnorant people in this world that make funny of people with a disability. People never fail to amaze me, but its men and women like this waiter that help restore my doubts in people.

  • Guest

    Thanks for standing up for the innocent.

  • james corcoran

    Thanks for standing up for the innocent. We need more of that.

  • Barbara Reynalds Johnson

    This is a man showing what a Christian should be and do. We should all stand up for what is right when we have the chance. Keep up the good work Garcia.

  • Thomas Alan Langley

    How could some piece of worthless excrement make fun of a disabled child? Thank God there are people like Michael Garcia in this world. When my youngest son graduated from high school there was a down’s syndrome boy in the graduating class. When his name was announced the rest of the graduating class started to applaud. Tears came to my eyes. I am afraid that when I was in high school if a disabled child had been in a similar situation during graduation that some people would have made crude remarks. I was very proud of my son & the rest of the graduating class for applauding. This down’s syndrome boy is a member of my church & always has a smile on his face. Shame on the degenerate customer who made such a crude comment.

  • BeeKaaay


    More Hero.

    More heroes please.

  • TheGazeAblaze

    There is so much political B.S. out there now,it’s nice to comment on something positive,what that man did, to me, was show what the American people REALLY ARE!!!!

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  • HuandaRulz

    My eyes are leaking….

  • Sheldon Cooper

    A good portion of society looks to Hollywood and pro sports teams for their heros when they should really look no further than people like Mr. Garcia. You are a huge part of what is right in this world, sir. You’re parents should be proud.

    • memyselfandI

      In my opinion, well-known actors and athletes shouldn’t be thought of as either all good or bad collectively, but simply as people who are successful at their jobs. Otherwise,they are just regular people who can have the same problems as non-famous people. For example some of them* have disabled children of their own.

      *or WERE disabled children who grew up to be these things