William Bancroft, 3-year-old, was so happy to go with his family to IHOP for delicious pancakes.
William, the little boy was born without arms, that’s why he is used to eat his food with his feet.
His visit to IHOP started as a fun exciting one but quickly turned into a heartbreaking experience for William and his family. The manager watched William using his feet to pick up the syrup bottle, he immediately went to their table and what he told them has sparked a wave of outrage and forced the famous breakfast chain to make an official apology
William, from Arkansas, knows only one way to eat his food, with his feet.
“That’s all he knows,” William’s mother, Alexis Bancroft, told the local station KARK.
Alexis makes sure her son always washes his feet before eating, and this time was no exception.
The manager claimed that William was raising concerns about the health code, according to The Washington Post.
The family was forced to leave the restaurant but Alexis is now taking action against the IHOP manager. To show their supprot for the family, a veteran and two women left their tables too.
Alexis shared her experience on social media and asked if anyone was ever questioned about washing their hands in a restaurant.
On a now-deleted Facebook post, Alexis said that she and her family left the restaurant without paying for their drinks.
She got later messages from several servers telling her that they were deeply ashamed of what happened and completely shocked with their manager
”I just wanted to tell you how deeply ashamed I am of what happened to your child today,” wrote one worker at the restaurant.
“Me and a few other servers were completely SHOCKED that our manager did that.”
She has also asked that others join with her in boycotting the restaurant until changes are made to their policies.
Alexis Bancroft told KARK that the incident at IHOP was the first time her son had been discriminated against in a restaurant because of how he has to eat.
IHOP has since apologized, saying the company and its franchisees do not tolerate “discrimination of any type.”
An IHOP spokesperson told The Washington Post that the manager is currently on leave.
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I can’t believe someone would treat a 3-year-old in such a horrible way. We should show support and love towards William for being strong and independant God bless you William!
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