An evening out for a Quad Cities family turning into a disturbing experience.
They told Local 4 News it’s after their teenage daughter said she was approached by a man who worked at the restaurant in the women’s restroom.
That was followed by the man asking for her name and phone number.
Her mother told Local 4 Friday she wants the Dynasty Buffet employee fired.
Local 4 News also spoke with a manager at the restaurant.
While he didn’t want to speak on camera, he answered questions regarding this incident.
The manager made it clear to me if there is another report that’s true regarding the employee that worker will be fired.
It was supposed to be a relaxing Monday night on the town.
Concerned mother Amanda Dominguez said, “My mom’s been injured for a while, so we just decided to get out of the house and get some dinner with the kids.”
But the evening started changing when Amanda Dominguez’s 14-year-old daughter came back to the table from the restroom.
Dominguez said, “She was really quiet and then she told me, I just wanted to leave. I just wanted to leave.”
Dominguez said it became clear to her what happened as they were leaving.
Dominguez said, “She like stopped me and said mom, that cook asked me for my phone number. And I said what?.”
Dominguez told Local 4 News, her daughter said while in the women’s bathroom, a male employee came in and eventually asked for the teen’s name and contact.
After hearing that, the mother said she went back inside and confronted the worker.
Dominguez said, “He just said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. He didn’t deny anything.”
When at the restaurant, a manager told Local 4 News off camera the employee has no reason to ask those questions.
The restaurant said the employee was in the restroom refilling paper towels.
And added they’re now making it very clear to their workers to announce before going into the lavatory when it’s the opposite gender to make sure there’s no one inside.
But for Dominguez, she wants that particular employee let go.
Dominguez said, “I’ve heard that this cook has been there for a couple of years, so it makes me nervous how many other children he’s done this to.”
She’s just hoping other parents will heed her story and talk with their kids.
Dominguez said, “Know what to do in that sort of situation and to fight if they have to. Tell them no information.”
Dominguez also said she’s glad her daughter decided to speak up.
“I feel my daughter did a very good job telling me. I wish she would have told me a little sooner. She stopped me as soon as she felt ready to tell me and I just let her know, always keep your phone on you. Call me if you ever feel like you’re in danger,” said Dominguez.
The mother told Local 4 News one of her daughter’s cousins was in the bathroom as well for part of the incident.
A police report was filed that night.
The manager also told Local 4 News he apologizes to the family.