A Minnesota man born with a disability says he is disappointed and offended with the way he was treated by a Burger King employee.
Nathan Hrdlicka was born with bilateral PFFD, a rare birth defect that affects the pelvis and the proximal femur. As a result, he stands at just 4-and-a-half feet tall.
He visited a Burger King in Prior Lake on Monday and was forced to take his wheelchair through the drive-thru because it wouldn’t fit through their door, KMSP reported. Hrdlicka then got into an argument with the cashier about his change for the second day in a row.
But the argument over change wasn’t the worst part. When Hrdlicka got home, he noticed one of the employees left him a handwritten message on the wrapper of his cheeseburger. The message, which was misspelled, read, “Golden ticket to the choclate [sic] factory.”
"I've seen a lot,” Hrdlicka told the news station. “I've never in my life had someone disrespect me like that at a place where I was just buying a burger."
Hrdlicka said he and a friend complained to the manager and police. Both blew them off.
"I'm pretty offended by it,” he said. “I kind of thought people were past that on a professional level."
Hrdlicka added that people with disabilities should be protected against offensive remarks such as the one he received.
"If it was about race or sexuality or something like that, it would have been dealt with and it would be all over the news,” Hrdlicka said. “The next thing people talk about all over the country for the next two weeks."
Hrdlicka says he just wants an apology and for someone to take responsibility for the offensive note he received with his meal.
"I'm really disappointed something like this would happen in the country and time we live in,” Hrdlicka added.
The incident is currently under investigation.