Andy Innell, owner of the Pier West Cafe, in Western Esplanade, Southend, has since apologised, but his actions have sparked a storm of protest on social media.
The young woman, who is believed to have been with a party from a school in Barnet, North London, was said to have been disrupting other customers.And, since she has 'learning difficulties', clearly she can do this with impunity. Woe betide anyone who attempts to interfere with her rights!
The other customers? Well, who cares about them?
Despite the apology, Facebook users have continued to accuse Mr Innell of breaking anti-discrimination laws, condemning his actions as “horrific” and “disgusting”.Anyone would think he's hauled off and belted her smack in the kisser!
Kerry Green, 36, of The Rundells, Thundersley, who has an autistic daughter, Ella, 13, said she felt Mr Innell’s reaction to the young woman had been ill-judged. She explained said: “Making a noise can be a trait of autism.
“Mr Innell has made a flimsy apology. It’s disgraceful and I can’t believe people with special needs are still being discriminated against in this way.
“We are trying to establish independence for people with learning difficulties and autism and if they can’t go into a situation like this, how can they be independent?”Part of 'learning independence' is learning the effect your actions have on others, isn't it?