A customer dining at Ankar’s Hoagles in Chattanooga, Tennessee (US) noticed that the cook was suffering from Down syndrome and so s/he decided to report the said worker to the health department. Instead of talking with the restaurant’s owner and manager (trust me, she should’ve done that), she’d rather file an official complaint against the worker.
But when the health department came to the restaurant, they were shocked to discover that the ‘worker’ with Down syndrome was actually the restaurant’s manager and co-owner!
Apparently, shortly after his father died, Andrew took over and started becoming a manager that every worker loved. But as seen in the picture, despite being the manager and co-owner, Andrew works tirelessly. He cooks, and serves, and practically does every worker in his restaurant does.
His brother Alex shared a picture of his hardworking brother on Instagram, which instantly gained much love from many netizens. He captioned the picture with this:
Ever since my dad passed away, my little bro has been working day in and day out at Ankar’s Hoagie’s to ensure that my father’s legacy keeps going strong. From greeting customers to cleaning the dining room to working the grill, Andrew works tirelessly to make sure our business is a success – and he does it all with a smile on his face.
When I learned that someone had the audacity to file a report with the local health inspector over an adult with Down syndrome being in the kitchen of a restaurant that he is not just employed at, but that he owns, I was floored. It makes my blood boil that there are people in this world who don’t have an ounce of kindness in their heart to appreciate what an amazing person he is. The fact that there are people out there in this world that view people with disabilities as sub-human disgusts me.
Sometimes I sit back and marvel at Andrew’s ability to love everyone… even people who aren’t deserving of his kindness. He knows no hate. If the people out there who constantly ridicule people with disabilities had even half of Andrew’s capability to love EVERYONE, this world would be a better place.
I challenge every single person who reads this to take a minute to put all differences aside. Whether it’s ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, whatever – try to put your differences aside and love one another. Trust me, the world would be a much better place if everyone had Andrew’s ability. He’s not the disabled one, we are.
Love you, kid.