Many restaurants have rules that require customers to wear shoes and a shirt before entering. However, a recent incident at an IHOP restaurant has sparked controversy after a young boy with no arms was told he couldn’t sit on the table to eat with his feet.
Alexis Bancroft, the mother of the young boy named William, has taken action against an IHOP manager for the way her son was treated. William, who uses his feet to eat because he has no arms, was asked not to touch the table’s containers with his feet, as it was considered unhygienic.
Before entering the restaurant, Alexis and William typically visit the bathroom so that she can wash his feet, ensuring he’s clean when handling food.
After the manager’s comments about William being on the table, Alexis questioned whether the restaurant’s managers and employees also ensured that other customers washed their hands before eating, given William’s unique way of eating.
Following the incident, Alexis turned to social media to share her experience with others, posting pictures of her son eating at IHOP. She has called for a boycott of the restaurant until changes are made to their policies.
Reactions from viewers varied. Some expressed support for Alexis and William, while others sided with IHOP.
Inside the restaurant, some staff members could be heard discussing straw papers on the table and floor, as well as William’s condition. The only difference about William is that he has no arms.
As Alexis and William left their table, a veteran and two women joined them. The veteran, despite his food having just arrived, chose not to stay and eat as a gesture of support for William and Alexis.
Additionally, there was a baseball team in the restaurant. When asked if they had washed their hands, they admitted they hadn’t. One of the fathers then provided them with a syrup container to touch as a way to show support.