Six-year-old E.J. Paterson walked into a Rocky Mount, N.C. McDonald's on Friday afternoon and
E.J. has autism and
the franchise owner offered him unlimited fries for a year, after his
mom said the boy was made to feel unwelcome at a nearby restaurant.
"It is a blessing," said his mom, Latonya Whitaker. "I am very grateful."
like other kids on the spectrum, is picky when it comes to food.
Texture plays a big role. He recently found something he likes eating
and can hold down in his stomach - McDonald's French fries.
got the child fries Friday and then drove over to the Golden Corral,
where the rest of her family was going to grab lunch. She explained her
son's dietary needs and said that instead of the staff being receptive,
they were dismissive.
The Golden Corral has apologized and called the incident an "unfortunate misunderstanding."
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