We recently received a message on our Facebook page that has been making it’s rounds around the internet – a disabled veteran was told to leave a famous restaurant chain because he had his service dog with him.
Being the good stewards that we are I personally called the restaurant in question and asked them if they allow service animals – without hesitation the answer was “Yes”. There is a reason the answer was yes, service animals are covered under the American’s With Disabilities Act and it is against the law for private businesses that are open to the public to deny service to a customer because they have a service animal.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “The service animal must be permitted to accompany the individual with a disability to all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. An individual with a service animal may not be segregated from other customers.”
So – does that mean that this story is bull shit? Possibly, it could be that the person was asked to leave for a reason other than their service dog, or, if the dog was in fact the problem and was barking or growling/being aggressive the business is within their right to ask the animal be removed as stated by the U.S. Department of Justice, “You may exclude any animal, including a service animal, from your facility when that animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. ”
We are all for standing up for veterans and making sure that those that treat veterans wrongly are made to answer – however, I don’t believe that was the case here and would like to encourage all of you to fire-up Google when you hear something like this and find out if it is true before going off all half-cocked.
Stay vigilant my friends.
(For info about the ADA – http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm)