When a pizza parlor owner was told by an angry customer that her restaurant ought to “warn” patrons that it employs people with special needs, she did just that — and she did it with a sign that’s earning her praise all over the country.
Amanda Cartagine, who owns the Pizza Inn restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina, says a man approached and demanded that she hang a sign up so that eaters would know some members of the staff had special needs. Cartagine took him up on that suggestion — and she taped it right to the front door.
It’s just that the poster, which reads, “We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and hire ALL of God’s children!” probably wasn’t what the man had in mind.
According to KCTV5 reporter Brandon LaVorgna, it seems the man who made the silly sign request was offended by a male employee with autism. That employee’s mother, who says her son is high functioning, also said that working at Pizza Inn has been a blessing for him and that (luckily!) he is not at all fazed by what happened.
That unnnamed employee isn’t the only member of Cartagine’s staff with special needs.
“Out of my 16 crew members, kitchen crew members, 10 of them [have] special needs,” Cartagine said. “And I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the crew and the work they do. They do an amazing job!”
Amy Parham, whose son Rhett has special needs and works at Pizza Inn, hopes the angry customer will get to know the team members and understand them better. “He needs to be tolerant of those individuals who have to struggle and deal with their own issues that they can’t help.”
Moving forward, Cartagine wants others to realize that people with special needs are “a unique group that everyone should tap into, because they will bless you more than you will ever know.”
Our hearts are so full right now!