A local store near me (in St. Louis) has made some pretty public news in my area and it is starting to float around Facebook. I am going to post the original post from a mother whose child was discriminated against. I found this originally from a friend of mine who is related to the mother.
Today my 4 year old son and I were asked …to leave a store because he walks with a walker. He has cerebral palsy and needs the walker to be independent. Kay Wallace, owner of F O B Designs in Lamp and Lantern Village, does not believe that he should be allowed to shop in her store. Within a minute of our arrival she approached us and told me that her aisles were narrow and he could possibly run into something. I told her that he would be fine and careful. She gave me an incensed look as if to say, “clearly you don’t understand what I am trying to say.” After a few more comments about why he should not be there, she looked me directly in the eyes and said that he would be better served elsewhere. My heart sank. My temper rose! I looked at Carter’s happy little face and asked if she was discriminating against him because he was disabled. She said he would be better served elsewhere and that she was worried about his safety…her insurance would not cover the costs of any accidents! i told her that as his mom, I was certain that he was perfectly safe. She again told me in a very condescending way that she believed her store was not suitable for him and when I again asked if she was discriminating against him she said that I was just angry and could not be made happy and maybe I should shop elsewhere, too!! I could not believe that in this day and age of acceptance, inclusion and education that she could be so insensitive and prejudice. People with disabilities have the right to participate fully and equally in all aspects of society, including shopping for furniture! It is essential that we change these barbaric attitudes and perceptions about people living with disabilities. Does she know how much courage, heart and determination it takes for Carter to walk into her store with his head held high and a smile on his face? Does she know how much effort it took him JUST to walk down the street and over the threshold into her store? On several occasions during our conversation she stated that I was just angry. Of course I was angry…she just told me that my 4 year old son was not welcome in her store! I am also angry that she insinuated that I was angry because my son has a disability. Carter is the most amazing kid I have ever known and I am lucky to be his mom. Kay Wallace of F O B Design of St. Louis should be ashamed of herself. If you agree that Kay Wallace demonstrated behavior that was unethical and unacceptable please repost and do not shop at her store or the stores of other people sharing her attitude toward people with disabilities!! Thanks for all of your support…
It is so sad to me that this can happen in our world. It makes me sick to my stomach that anyone can treat people this way but it hurts me even more that it was a child being told they weren’t good enough to be there. It is just disgusting to me. You can help with this cause and I would love for you all to take a stand with me. I have never been to this store and because of the treatment of Carter, I never will.
You can help by joining the cause to boycott the F.O.B. Saint Louis store. Even if you don’t live here, I encourage you to like the boycott page on Facebook to show your support of this family. I hope justice is served for little Carter.