Lad Responds Perfectly To Complaint About His Disabled Brother Working In The Kitchen

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Lad Responds Perfectly To Complaint About His Disabled Brother Working In The Kitchen

It's a sad state of affairs when it's 2016 and people are still completely backwards in their views.

This story is about Andrew Ankar and his brother, Alex.

Andrew has Down's Syndrome (also known as Down Syndrome) which is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and characteristic physical features.

Since their father passed away three years ago, the pair have worked tirelessly to ensure that his business, Ankar's Hoagies (a restaurant in Tennessee), continued to be successful.


Andrew works in the kitchen, and was subject to an anonymous report from a customer who accused him of being an "unauthorised person" who shouldn't be around the food preparation area. Sorry? Excuse me? Who the fuck is this person?!

The report was sent to a local health inspector. Alex decided to write an open letter on Facebook which has since gone viral.

It reads:


"Ever since my dad passed away, my little bro has been working day in and day out at Ankar's Hoagies 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."

Luckily, there is a silver lining in every cloud. Overwhelming support for the brothers has flooded the internet. At the end of the day, Andrew is a HUMAN BEING. He and his brother know nothing but love. So to whoever put in this complaint - give your head a wobble, mate.

Words by Mel Ramsay

Featured image credit: Alex Ankar/Facebook

Topics: Restaurant, Family, Down's Syndrome, Facebook

Mel Ramsay
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