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Monroe doughnut shop being criticized for banning 4-year-old

Justin Otero Justin Otero
MONROE, CT (WFSB) -

A 4-year-old was recently banned from a Monroe doughnut shop, and now the issue has been brought up on social media and both the boy's mother and the shop aren't shying away from their stances.

Rebecca Denham, mom of 4-year-old Justin Otero said, said they were greeted Tuesday morning at the Doughnut Inn in Monroe saying that they weren't welcome.

"She said ‘he's not allowed in here,' and I looked around, and said, 'him?' And she said 'yeah, he's rude'," Denham said.

A few days ago, Otero asked a woman at the doughnut shop if she was pregnant, and she was not.

"It looked like she was pregnant, and I asked her if she was pregnant," Otero said.

Denham added that both she and her son apologized to the woman after the question was asked.

After this story aired first on Eyewitness News, comments were flooding in to Doughnut Inn of Monroe's Facebook page.

The shop declined to comment on Tuesday, however they posted this on their page: "The media accepted one woman's fabricated story without hearing the truth, and for that we are sorry."

Critics said that the shop was in the wrong and Doughnut Inn fought back, calling commenters mentally challenged, drug addicts and even threatened to fight them.

The shop said in a statement on Wednesday "I'd like to clarify that my decision to ask this customer to take her business elsewhere was based on a whole series of incidences involving inappropriate behavior, and unfortunately, my suggestion was not met with any degree of understanding on her part."

Denham admitted that her son has been involved in other incidents at the shop, but this was their first warning and Denham said she remains unapologetic.

"My instant reaction wasn't the nicest of ones. I was very upset. So I want my son to learn, there is a way to fight back and to win, without using your hands or your fists," she said. "They're getting threatening remarks and calls. I don't think that is appropriate, that is not why we did this," she added.

The community is divided on the matter. There were multiple customers who visited the Doughnut Inn on Wednesday. While some are standing by the shop, others are gone for good.

"If the mother was there, I think she should've consulted the child and he wouldn't do things like that," said Louis Smigel, of Monroe.

The Doughnut Inn owner said she does not run the Facebook page, and that it has been taken down.

Other Doughnut Inns in Fairfield and Stratford have been catching heat because of this story, however they maintain that they are not associated with the Monroe shop.

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