Father fires son for being rude to customer

It’s not always easy to do the right thing as a parent. But US dad Tony Ambrosio definitely made the right move when he gave his son the flick from his job for making a customer feel like crap.

As the owner of the All Star’s Bar and Grill in Rhode Island, he was pretty much left with no choice – after all, his son, T.J., had created nothing short of a PR nightmare.

His crime? He did something particularly thoughtless and cruel – by referred to a customer as a ‘fatty’. In writing.


T.J. gave patron Dillon Arnold the unflattering nickname on his bill, obviously not realising it would appear on the printed receipt.

“I just happened to read it and I saw it in the corner and I was like, ‘Wow,’ and my heart just dropped,” Dillon said. He unsurprisingly took to the Internet to share his anger and his post spread like wildfire.

Shortly afterwards, T.J. was ousted for the gaffe. It’s great to see, in this supposed age of ‘entitled parents’ who think their offspring can do no wrong, that Tony stepped up and held his son accountable.

It can’t have been easy to actually fire his son – especially when you consider that T.J. appears to have a child of his own. But rather than covering up the mistakes or trying to sweep it under the carpet, this dad did everything he could to remedy the situation, while teaching his son to be responsible for his actions at the same time.

“I want to apologise to you, Dillon, from the bottom of my heart,” Tony said during an interview. “That’s not the type of person that I am, my employees are, or my child [is].”

Former bartender T.J. has also since tried to atone for his mistakes on social media, describing his own behavior as “rude, childish, and totally inappropriate”. “Due to my actions, I was terminated, rightly so,” he said.

Hopefully he’s learned his lesson and will think twice before being so openly judgmental next time.

Just as importantly, hopefully this dad keeps his word, and doesn’t simply hire his son back in a few weeks when this story blows over.

That’s the hardest part of being a parent – being consistent.

And here I was hoping it was a stage that wouldn’t last forever!