4-year-old boy banned from doughnut shop over ‘rude’ question

Kids say the darndest things, but one inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a 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 in Monroe, Conn., 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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23 comments

  • Recee

    This particular child seems to be one of the innocent little children these days. He said something very minor in my opinion. The lady is just mad because she has a big stomach and needs to lose weight. Do some sit-ups. That’s all the little boy saw from his angle.

    • Jennifer

      You’re absolutely right that the store doesn’t deserve the family’s business. But it wasn’t the woman to whom the comment was made that was upset – she was cool, said it was ‘no problem’ – it was the store management that *overheard* the comment that banned the child.

  • Darlene

    Take you biz elsewhere. The boy is 4yrs old..kids say the darndest things…Doesn’t sound like the lady was offended. I wouldn’t have been..I would tell him no….I’m just fat in the tummy…it happens. It’s a learning experience. Did ask the owner??? If it was..maybe she needs to stop eating so many donuts… and trim down that tummy…Just a thought.

  • jamiegreco

    For crying out loud! Kids his age are still navigating social situations and most people understand this. Shame on the owners. if I lived there, I too, would go elsewhere.

  • kikki

    i hope that shop loose customers to the point they have to close. people like that dont need to deal with public especially children.if the woman wasnt offended why was the manager offended? sounds ridiculous to me.

  • poorhardworker

    My daughter was in a car accident and lost a part of her foot. My tennis friends got her back on the court teaching kids from a rolling office chair. One of the kids on the first day yelled at her Mom “She doesn’t have a foot”! My daughter told her a shark bit it off…and then all was good! Kids don’t have the “social filter” firmly in place at that age. This store was absolutely wrong for banning the child. I would NEVER visit that store again! I vote with my money!

  • Margaret

    I have a 2 yr old grandaughter that asks everyone that question as her Mom is pregnant so she thinks everyone has a baby in their belly. This owner needs to have an adult only business. I am sure glad my grandchildren dont ever have to visit this donut shop.

  • JR

    This looks like adults being more childish than a child. Now they look bad publicly, so they can’t back down without losing face. They should have done nothing, since the other customer didn’t complain, but some ‘adult’ wanted to feel important by kicking the mother and child out. Just shows that not all adults have grown up, and were more ‘rude’.

    • Howard

      really, you are insulting, they should ban you from the internet, for not being able to read,,,the lady had no problem with the child’s comment. the donut shop did. The lady is not a cow and there was no mention of her being fat…Oh Master of Doughnuts, what are you weighing now-a-days

  • Schayna Love

    sERIOUSLY? OMG,he’s just a little kid!How ridiculously dumb is that? ban a kid for being curious! Dummies would lose m business too!

  • JackChicago

    This story sounds a little fishy to me – so far, the only information offered is from the family of the little boy, who are apparently the type to call a news team when they have an unpleasant customer service experience, so maybe they are leaving some significant details out of their version of events.

  • Adrene

    Doesn’t every kid t that age ask that question to someone at some point? I know my kids have. Kinda shocking how this manager responded.

  • Beth Reid

    I have a friend whose son was in a horrific car accident leaving him brain damaged and in a wheel chair, although he was still able to communicate pretty well, fortunately. He was such a neat guy and always chose to find the humor in situations whenever possible. One day when they were at a grocery store, a little girl asked “what’s wrong with you…why do you have to be in that wheelchair?” Realizing how young she was, 5 or 6, he chose to bring levity to the situation and said “I stopped eating my green vegetables!” Little girl quietly turned around and walked away while he and his mom got a chuckle. When it comes to kids comments and questions, you have to consider from whom those comments or questions are coming and react appropriately.

  • Jane

    The boy’s family is one of the most horrible in their neighborhood, rude doesn’t even begin to describe them. As to the kid, absolutely no disciplining and education. It’s not the first time he creates commotion in a store – screaming, running, and the mother is perfectly OK with it. I bet it was the last straw for the shop owner.

    • Howard

      I smell a lie here which is worse? A child asking an innocent question or an adult lying to press a point. You probably work at the donut shop. Probably will forever.

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