Jo Morin (ryouji_kaji) wrote in bad_service,
Jo Morin

Many years ago in a grocery store far, far away

Several years ago I was doing my mom's friend a favor and looked after her young son, Scotty, while she was at work. He has Down Syndrome. Sweetest kid you could ever be around. He was always laughing and giggling. Of course, someone with Down Syndrome is pretty easy to pick out of a crowd. They have some rather distinct facial characteristics.

I took him with me to a grocery store one day because it was his favorite thing to do. We go up to pay and the cashier says, "What a cute retarded boy!"

I was so shocked and taken aback that I couldn't even respond for a few seconds. Then I had to restrain myself from punching the stupid girl. I almost started screaming at her but I was so upset I started to cry a little. But I didn't need to yell at her myself. The man waiting behind me in line started yelling at her for her crass remark while I had a chance to regain my composure.

Needless to say the girl was fired and I never felt the least bit bad about it. What is it in this world that makes people think those kinds of comments are okay? I had had some people remark about how they loved to work with Down Syndrome kids but that was the only time I'd ever heard someone call him retarded.
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