4-year-old boy banned from doughnut shop because of “rude” question

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MONROE, Conn. – 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 owns at least two shops in Monroe, however he/she does not own the stores that are located in Fairfield and Stratford.

Source: WFSB/CNN


  • Sam Williams

    The boy is not rude. He is naive and didn’t know that might be hurtful if the woman was in fact not pregnant. The woman has no reason to be hateful toward a little boy because she has insecurities he isn’t capable of understanding yet. That’s on her – not him! This place should be boycotted. Shame on her family for perpetuating her displaced anger. She is actually mad at herself but has no discpiline so she takes it out on those who remind her of her weakness. The boy was not fat-shaming you lady. You simply are ashamed and that’s not his fault. Grow up and get some therapy.

    • Kidding, right?

      The lady wasn’t the one who had a problem with it. You should read the article before you post.

  • Let's be real, here....

    Anyone remember the story about the little girl who was forced to leave KFC because her pit bull mauled face was scaring customers? And….remember the part where it was found to be a hoax after thousands of people got upset and sent money? I’m thinking this may be something similar. Maybe the mom has some kind of vendetta against the doughnut shop owners? I mean, come on-who’d call the news about something like this? Hoax alert.

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