Doughnut shop bans 4-year-old for asking ‘rude’ question, mom says

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Monroe, CT (WFSB/CNN) — Kids say the darndest things, but one local inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a Monroe doughnut shop.

“We were screamed at in front of the door, ‘he’s not allowed in here, he’s rude’,” said Rebecca Denham as she described her experience at the Doughnut Inn on Tuesday morning.

Denham said her son, Justin Otero, asked a woman at the doughnut shop if she had a baby in her belly.

When the woman said ‘No’ Otero apologized, and his mother said she was mortified.

“My response was ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so embarrassed, I’m so sorry’,” Denham said.

While the woman said it was ‘no problem,’ the managers at the Doughnut Inn were not as forgiving.

When Denham and her son walked in the shop Tuesday morning, they were allegedly told to leave.

“She said, ‘he’s not allowed in here,’ and I looked around, and said, ‘him?’ and she said ‘yeah, he’s rude’,” Denham said

She said she tried to explain what happened to her son and said he “sort of” understands, but he is still asking questions.

Eyewitness News tried to contact the manager and owner of the shop, who had no comment.

Denham said she and her son are planning to take their business elsewhere, while using this as a learning lesson for Justin.

“Some people, unfortunately are quick to pass judgment, and therefore we will take our money and business elsewhere,” Denham added.

The owner of this Doughnut Inn in question owns at least two shops in Monroe, however he/she does not own the stores that are located in Fairfield and Stratford.

Source: WFSB/CNN

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  • Shavonne Torres

    Lol really some people first of all he is Four years and if the customer didn’t have a problem with y did the manager have one the baby was just looking at a big belly women who looks pregnant

  • Pattie brown Gatta

    I’m a grandmother of a 6 year old and a 4 year old … They are just kids … I think the manager and owner of this shop should be ashamed to ban a 4 year old … That entire town should boycott them !!! I would never do business in there !!!

    • Tiana

      You act like he said something offensive or acted like a wild child. He asked a simple question and that was it. You must not have kids or be around them enough to know that they are very inquisitive at that age.

      • Shay

        That doesn’t mean it isn’t disrespectful. I’m so sick of people saying “You must not have kids” simply because someone can understand the disrespectful content of a situation. He may not have meant any harm or disrespect,but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist anymore simply because he’s a kid.Wtf?

    • George

      The employees and their supervisors should mind their own business and leave them alone. They’re being very mean to them for kicking out. I hope they file lawsuit against the business.

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