Just when you think life is good and people are who they are supposed to be, it lets you down.
We have three sons, and our youngest, Michael, 18, has autism. On a recent Saturday, we went to the Lowe’s store in Whiteville looking for a part to go on a pair of hole diggers.
We were walking towards the aisle that had what we were looking for when an older gentleman, who is a part-time employee there, stopped us and asked if he could help us. We stopped and explained, then showed him the part we needed. The two of us were standing on opposite sides of Michael — with his autism, he stimulates a lot with his hands, and he happened to be doing this a5t the time.
The gentleman looked at the part we needed and then at us and asked, “Is he a nut?”, pointing directly at Michael.
We were so shocked that another human being would say something like that to us about our disabled child.
We purchased the part and left, but my heart broke that day because, up until that point, no one has ever been so cruel to such a special child. He shows love to everyone and prays for everyone he meets. I cried for three days, not understanding why someone would say such hurtful words.
We contacted the Lowe’s store and told them what happened — the manager checked into it and the employee admitted saying what he said with no remorse. The employee was not reprimanded and continues to work at the store in Whiteville.
We contacted the regional and corporate offices and have been given nothing but the runaround.
We are pleading with you to help us help Michael and children like him, to let corporations like Lowe’s know that these children are not dirt and will not be swept under a rug and forgotten about.
I challenge anyone who reads this to contact Lowe’s corporate headquarters at 704-758-1000 or by mail at 1000 Lowe’s Blvd., Mooresville, N.C. 28117 and let them know that we will not stand for this type of treatment of people with special needs.
Please help us make a difference.
Cameron and Roxanne Coleman