TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Just hours after the story of Becky Martin and her daughter Rebecca being turned away from Sprouts hit social media, a protest was organized to stand up for those with disabilities.
The family was turned away from Sprouts because Rebecca was unable to wear a mask since she has down-syndrome and breathing issues. Martin explains they could not get curbside pickup because they were visiting from out of town.
One woman, Christin Bentley, who has a background in special education is organizing a protest out front of the newly opened store. Bentley says she was very upset after first learning about the incident.
“I think it’s important that people stand up to corporations that implement policies like this that are discriminatory in nature,” says Bentley.
Rebecca’s mom says she is shocked by all of the support she has been getting.
“We want to go and support them. So we’re gonna come up there next Saturday and be there offering our support to them,” says Martin. “Just because it touches our hearts that people would do this for her.”
The protest is scheduled to take place August 22 at the Sprouts on Broadway at 11 AM. One hundred people have already expressed interest in attending.