Service dogs due respect just like human beings

November 21, 2013 

I was refused service Nov. 14 at a restaurant. The only place they would allow me and my service dog to sit was over in the corner, away from everyone else with barely enough light to see menu.

I told them I wanted a booth; they refused me, saying my dog would frighten guests. My dog Trooper is fully trained and automatically goes under the table as he has been taught.

In a year and a half I have never had one complaint. According to the American Disabilities Act, this is discriminatory in nature and segregation because of a service dog and is against the law.

When a friend showed her documentation and tried to explain to her, the restaurant employee's only comment was "Well, I guess they'll shut us down." And she felt I had disrespected her.

Mathe Wilson


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