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Duluth Grill Owner Stands Up for Customer

Posted at: 03/06/2013 3:23 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 6:00 PM
By: Renee Passal

Tom Hanson said it's about tolerance and respect. He expects his employees to treat each other and customers with them, and he wants them to work in a place that feels comfortable.

He ended up asking a customer to leave, who had made others feel very uncomfortable. Here's what happened at the Duluth Grill.

On Saturday, a man with disabilities was eating with his caregiver. He began making some non-verbal noise. Another diner looked at the caregiver and said something to the effect of, "Can't you shut him up."

The caregiver was very upset, according to Hanson, and was getting ready to pay and leave. She told her waitress why she was leaving, and the waitress told Hanson.

"I asked the customer if he wanted to move to another table. And he said something about why would he want to sit next to someone like that. So I asked him to leave," Hanson said.

The story went viral on Facebook. The disabled man's sister posted it, and more than 10,000 people have liked it already.

People from near and far are impressed with the actions Hanson took, to stand up for someone who can't speak for himself.