Restaurant Owner’s Brilliant Response When Patrons Refused To Be Served By Autistic Waiter

MEN SYNDICATIONnRestaurant owner Mike Jennings took to social media to criticise customers who didn't want to be served by front of house worker Andy Foster who has autism. nThe customers asked what was wrong with him, and why the restaurant would give him a job.nThe restaurant put a post on Facebook saying they did not discriminate and employ people on the basis of skill and passion. The comment was shared and supported by thousands of people.nMike (left) is pictured with Karen Deveney and Andy Foster.

Grenache restaurant owner, Mike Jennings, fired back at customers who refused service from one of the restaurant’s servers, who is autistic.

“I explained that he suffered from autism and their response was that they didn’t want to be served by him. They asked me why I would give him a job in a restaurant like ours. I couldn’t believe it.”, Jennings, as he recalls how the customer complained about being served by an autistic waiter.

Jennings was completely aggravated by the incident that he took his stance on the matter to Facebook. The post, which has received about 16,000 likes and reactions, reads:

“Today was spent rebuilding the confidence of one of our team, after being disrespected and socially discriminated by a table dining with us last night.

“‘What is wrong with him?’ and ‘Why would you give him a job?’ they asked…

“Here at Grenache, we employ staff based on experience, knowledge and passion for the job… NOT the colour of their skin, or the way they look, how many tattoos they have, their dress size, religious beliefs or illness.

“We do not discriminate!

“If you DO… Then please do not book a table at Grenache. You do not deserve our time, effort or RESPECT!”

Andy Foster, has been a part of Grenache’s front-of-house staff for about three weeks, and is also a caretaker for his mother, who has Alzheimers.

“I’ve always felt that it’s my fault and that I needed to apologize,” Andy says, “With Caz and Mike’s support, they have shown me that it’s not the case. I shouldn’t be treated any different to any other member of staff.”

“The points that we’ve raised are in our eyes, nobody should be discriminated in any industry,” Mike also states in a video. “You should just treat everyone with the same respect.”

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