A mother is speaking out after she says she was kicked out of an area of an Arizona mall because her daughter with severe autism was upset.
Regina Mullins wrote on Facebook that she was visiting the Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, Arizona when her 3-year-old daughter, Darla, started to have a “meltdown” inside Old Navy.
She moved to a quiet area near a “Those Animals” store, where she was asked to leave. Mullins wrote:
I removed her from the store we were in and took her to a secluded area to calm her down. That’s when this lady pictured (she refused to give me her name) yelled at us to get out & go away from a PUBLIC SPACE.
The mom told AZCentral that the woman told her that she was “ruining her business.” Mullins wrote:
I informed her that Darla is autistic and that meltdowns are common for people with ASD.
UPDATE I SPOKE TO A MANAGER FROM SIMON PROPERTY GROUP SHE HAS BEEN ASKED NOT TO RETURN TO THE PROPERTY SHE IS NOT THE…
The mom later spoke to security and filed a formal complaint. Mullins concluded:
So if you love someone with a disability please do not support this business there are plenty of other places that you could give your hard earned $ to. Not someone who thinks it’s okay to come up to a mom who’s obviously already having a hard time making her feel even worse.
Arizona Mills mall told AZCentral that they’re conducting an investigation into what happened. And in an update to the mom’s initial post, it seems she got a response.
UPDATE I SPOKE TO A MANAGER FROM SIMON PROPERTY GROUP SHE HAS BEEN ASKED NOT TO RETURN TO THE PROPERTY SHE IS NOT THE MANAGER OR OWNER OF THOSE ANIMALS WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM THE REAL OWNER OF THE COMPANY
Mullins post has since been shared more than 6,000 times.
The woman implicated in the Facebook post has not spoken out publicly regarding the incident.