Cindy couldn’t take it anymore, she had to do something about the way this waiter was talking to her son. She suddenly yelled at him and promptly told him that he could not speak to her son like that. He’s just a kid, after all. Cindy’s face was red with rage. The waiter, however, seemed completely unfased, and showed no signs of budging, much less apologizing.
Cindy wasn’t about to let a stranger ruin her and her son’s day, so she immediately demanded to speak to the restaurant manager. The waiter walked away in a huff and proceeded to call the manager. But when he arrived at Cindy and Callum’s table, his reaction left them speechless.
A Big Issue
After his huge and kind smile turned into a clearly angry expression, the waiter looked utterly offended. Cindy and Callum had no idea what was happening, and she definitely didn’t understand why that anger seemed to be directed at her son.
Right when she was about to say something, the waiter opened his mouth and let them know that they weren’t welcome in that restaurant. He used a very rude voice and unkind eyes, and directed his words straight to Callum, which clearly made Cindy very angry. Was the waiter actually saying those words to her 10-year-old boy? Was she hallunicating?
The waiter looked straight at Callum with angry eyes and said “Sorry, mister, but I’m afraid that shirt isn’t appropriate here.” Callum, confused and innocent, simply looked up at him and said, “But it’s my favorite shirt!” Callum was as polite and kind as he could be, and Cindy was so proud of him for acting that way.
However, the waiter seemed unimpressed, and just as angry as he was a minute ago. Things were getting more tense by the second, and so Cindy realized it was time to step in and defend her son from this crazy person who was seemingly attacking him for no reason.
The Total Opposite
How had Callum’s shirt caused such a problem? It was a 10-year-old boy’s favorite piece of clothing, which had special meaning to him. It was harmless and innocent, just like Callum’s reaction towards the rude waiter had been. Cindy was humiliated, but worst of all, a complete stranger had made her son feel bad.
She had failed to protect her son from the ill manners of others; Cindy was irate. The waiter was a terrible person and had crossed a line of no return, and she was sure the manager would fire him on the spot. But she had another thing coming.
To Cindy’s utter shock, the manager turned out to be worse than the waiter. As he approached their table, he stood firmly, looked at the boy’s shirt, and said that he was sorry, but he would stand by his staff on this one. He said that her son’s shirt wasn’t appropriate, and they actually needed him to leave.
Cindy felt like her heart stopped for a moment, and she was at a loss for words. It wasn’t the first time Callum wore the shirt in public, and he had never been criticized for it. People would often stare at the shirt, now that Cindy thought about it, but nobody ever dared say anything.