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Clacton: Carers slam treatment of disabled girl
7:30am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
TWO carers were “disgusted” at the treatment of their ward in a Clacton restaurant.
Carers Diane Pierpoint and Jodie Harvey took their service user Holly to Station Road restaurant Buffalo on Saturday August 17.
But they stormed out before their food arrived after claiming a member of staff came over to their table and told them to keep Holly quiet.
Diane said: “Holly is a young disabled girl with brain damage. She can be very vocal, but she was not bad at all that day.
“We were not upsetting anyone, but one of the members of staff came over and asked if we could keep Holly quiet.
“I was so angry. Holly’s condition is not her fault and she doesn’t deserve to be treated like that."
The carers left the restaurant with Holly immediately.
But Buffalo manager Michael Ali does not believe his staff acted inappropriately.
He said: “A member of staff went to make sure everything was alright but I was there and am satisfied that nothing offensive was said. I was shocked to see them walk out.
“I am sorry if the woman was offended but that was never our intention.
“We do not discriminate and welcome every customer through the doors.”