An ethical culture is constructed of millions of acts, small and large, prominent and not, that reinforce the best of human values, priorities and aspirations. The Ethics Heroes among us are those who recognize the opportunities to engage in such acts, and who have the courage, initiative and wisdom to not merely perform them, but to perform them impeccably.
Meet waiter Michael Garcia, Ethics Hero.
Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s in Houston, Texas, was serving a family that has regularly patronized the restaurant since it opened. The family’s five-year-old son Milo has Down syndrome, and was talking and making noises, not being disruptive, but still noticeably different than the usual young patron at the family restaurant. A member of a family at a neighboring table in Garcia’s serving section became annoyed, and began making disparaging comments about Milo. That family farther away from the child, and from that table, still within Garcia’s service responsibilities, said, the offended patron said audibly,
“Special needs children need to be special somewhere else.”
Garcia walked over to his table and informed the family that he would not serve customers who denigrated Milo in this fashion. The man and his family left the restaurant; Garcia never told Milo’s parents about the incident, because he didn’t want them to be embarrassed or to ruin their evening
Another Laurenzo’s waiter told Milo’s family what had occurred, and it passed the story along to the news media. “We can’t lose track of what this is about,” Garcia has told reporters. “It is about Milo, it is about educating ourselves and when people are different, why should you treat them any different?”
A million ethical acts, all combining to make civilization better for all of us.
And each one of them is worth celebrating.
Facts: Fox News