“My disease is not contagious”: a young autistic person is excluded from a bar on the pretext that he “embarrasses the customers”


Author: Clark Tos
2023-01-24 17:42:02

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, a 14-year-old autistic boy was kicked out of a bar when he only came to drink syrup. The reason ? He would have disturbed the other customers.

Yannis is a 14-year-old boy who lives in Digne-les-Bains, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and who has a trouble of the autism spectrum. For a few months, the young man went regularly to a bar to drink a syrup.

A little pleasure that he granted himself at the end of the day, when he left his IME (Medico-educational Institute).

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However, not everything went as planned that night, as one of the bar waiters asked Yannis to leave, claiming he was leaving. “annoyed other customers” .

“The server was embarrassed but he went to ask that he not come back” , says the father of Yannis.

He gets kicked out of the bar

This situation caused the teenager a lot of pain. On January 12, a message was posted on Facebook to recount his misadventure, and to express the young man's great sadness following his death. exclusion .

“I was told that I was no longer allowed to come, because I was disturbing other customers , can we read on Facebook. Me, what bothers me is to see so-called ''normal'' people being so unintelligent. Rest assured, my disease is not contagious. This situation pained me a lot, I did not sleep all night. I don't speak, but I understand everything. »

The young autistic was upset

According to the adolescent's neuropsychiatrist, who has followed him since he was a child, Yannis had never been so upset.

“He is a very sensitive person who feels emotions like us , she explained. We do not realize but for Yannis, going to drink a syrup while remaining seated, it is the fruit of years of work to get there. Rubbing shoulders with Yannis is a source of wealth and learning. What I regret in this story is that the restaurateurs did not take the step of going to him. They could thus have explained Yannis' autistic disorder to their clients and realized that he is a human being like any other. »

According to the establishment, Yannis would always be welcome and the managers would only ask that 'Yannis is channeled to prevent him from getting hurt' . Following the publication of the story on Facebook, the young autistic received many messages of support, from France, Spain, Norway but also from Morocco.

Source : Provence