If you overheard an impatient and rude man verbally abusing someone with Down syndrome, what would you do? Would you step forward to defend the individual or would you simply ignore it?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 700 babies are diagnosed with Down syndrome in the United States.
People with Down syndrome can go to school, work, and live independently. However, they’re more likely to be bullied due to their slow intellectual development and distinct physical characteristics.
In a social experiment conducted by ABC’s TV show “What Would You Do?” Mike plays the role of harasser who is impatient with Peter, an actor with Down syndrome, at the Minuteman restaurant and pie shop in Morristown, New Jersey.
“I’ve been sitting here for like 15 minutes,” Mike told the waitress, Lauryn. “He is so slow. Can you please take my order first?”
Mike then looked at Peter with an indignant expression and said, “People with Down syndrome has a guardian. Where’s your guardian?”
“Well, you’re slowing everything down,” Mike continued.
How did the other patrons react?
Hearing Mike’s insulting remarks, one woman had enough and shouted, “Stop it! You’re being very rude!”
Just as the woman, who used to teach mentally challenged children, was trembling with anger, the program host, John Quiñones, entered the scene.
When Quiñones asked the woman why she defended Peter, she said, “My number one motto: treat everybody the way you would like to be treated.”
And she wasn’t the only one.
Another customer said, “You got to be kind to everybody.”
Check out the video to see how the other patrons rallied around Peter.
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Photo credit: YouTube Screenshot | What Would You Do?.
This employee doesn’t let Down syndrome hold him back, and his colleagues just love him