4-year-old boy banned from doughnut shop for being “rude”

MONROE, Conn. (WFSB) — 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.

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4 comments

  • Happster

    Makes sense. When you’re in the business of making healthy people obese and catering to the morbidly obese, the least you can do is be hypersensitive to their feelings.

  • Julester

    We live in a politically correct "nanny" nation where people don't want to take responsibility for their own poor decisions. People need to grow up and "man" up. An adult asked me if I was pregnant and I wasn't. My response wasn't to shame her or make her feel bad. I was fat and I looked pregnant so with God's help, yes I said God and I am not ashamed of Him either, I LOST 65lbs. This kid is 4 years old, people need to grow up!!!

  • Korporeal

    Children are naturally curious. While this kind of question would be fairly rude for an adult to ask another adult, this is a four-year old. Clearly, the manager of this little shop forgot to tell us all that he was incapable of producing children of his own. The reasons being are because 1.) He has no balls, considering he gets off on banning four-year old's for an innocent question 2.) Why would he got after a woman for sex when he could just stick his tool in a doughnut? and 3.) He has nothing else to contribute other than fried dough and liquid caffeine (though this one is slightly debatable, considering some people will do anything for coffee). The best thing for the community to do, would be to simply boycott the particular shops owned by this person, who somehow, out of the millions of other lifeforms that were sent out to be born, survived. That way he loses business, in addition to the reputation he clearly has already lost, if he had any to begin with. Until he makes a formal, public apology to this kid and his mother.

  • Kerri

    I would love to see this donut shop lose business!! What type of establishment bans a four-year-old for asking questions? I encouraged my children to ask questions when they were little, you cannot possibly cover all the inappropriate questions with a four-year-old and even if you could, you cannot expect him to remember them all. He asked a question and the other customer was not even offended. Maybe he was fascinated with the idea of this customer possibly being pregnant (up and coming doctor?). What ever happened to tolerance, innocence, and humanity? We're a backwards world…bullies can go anywhere they want and spread their rudeness, while innocent four-year-olds cannot go to donut shops – This isn't a bad thing though; like the mom stated, she will take her business elsewhere and at least she knows she is not give people like this a dime anymore!

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