4-year-old boy banned from doughnut shop because of ‘rude’ question

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MONROE, Conn. – Kids say the darnedest things, but one local inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a Monroe doughnut shop.

“We were screamed at in front of the door, ‘he’s not allowed in here, he’s rude’,” said Rebecca Denham as she described her experience at the Doughnut Inn on Tuesday morning.

Denham said her son, Justin Otero, asked a woman at the doughnut shop if she had a baby in her belly.

When the woman said ‘No’ Otero apologized, and his mother said she was mortified.

“My response was ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so embarrassed, I’m so sorry’,” Denham said.

While the woman said it was ‘no problem,’ the managers at the Doughnut Inn were not as forgiving.

When Denham and her son walked in the shop Tuesday morning, they were allegedly told to leave.

“She said, ‘he’s not allowed in here,’ and I looked around, and said, ‘him?’ and she said ‘yeah, he’s rude’,” Denham said

She said she tried to explain what happened to her son and said he “sort of” understands, but he is still asking questions.

Eyewitness News tried to contact the manager and owner of the shop, who had no comment.

Denham said she and her son are planning to take their business elsewhere, while using this as a learning lesson for Justin.

“Some people, unfortunately are quick to pass judgment, and therefore we will take our money and business elsewhere,” Denham added.

The owner of this Doughnut Inn owns at least two shops in Monroe, however he/she does not own the stores that are located in Fairfield and Stratford.

Source: WFSB/CNN


  • Allie

    I’v never heard of Doughnut Inn, but now i’m never going there. I mean the kid is only 4, let the kid alone. stupid people like the person who banned him and his mom, are rude and… and should be put in… in the corner.

  • Renia Nana Mercer

    That have to be one sick place to live.i have never if i were her i would take them on. thay would have too close down.if its not the boss but a worker she would have no job @ my place

  • Holland Angie

    I had to take medicine which made me gain weight in my stomach only. I went from a150 to weighing almost 300 lbs. I got asked that a lot. One by my dogs vet and once by the lady that works at Petsmart. I didnt take offense because i did look pregnant.

  • M. Moore

    I am a guy with a little bit of a beer gut, and I have had a 4-yr-old ask me. I took it as a hint (most are too polite to say anything) that I could stand to lose a few pounds, and certainly there is a teachable moment there, but it’s hard to blame a little kid for not knowing any better.

    • Kelly Lipford

      Well exactly…. it’s a teachable moment in that the kid will learn that it’s not polite to ask that question (they have to learn sometime), but any adult who is going to get bent out of shape about a four year old’s question really needs to have some teachable moments in their own lives.

  • J.A

    I will not be giving any business to any of the Doughnut Inn’s period. Who ever owns that shop needs to get a grip on their employees if this was a manager SHAME of her…She would be so fired or at the very least demoted. All because she caused loss of sales with her bad attitude.

  • Jon

    There is more to this story about the mother that was not aired. As the manager, owner, and other patrons sent in letters about how rude she is. This has nothing to do about her 4 year old child. It has everything to do with the mother. People have walked out for the comments this mother has made. The manager decided she had enough when she couldnt even use this moment as a lesson to talk with her 4 year old. The child was a victim of his mother’s rudeness

  • Paula

    The owner probably got a big belly herself. Are she a mother or grandmother? Don’t she know little kids ask questions. That how they learn.

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