Reposted from a story online by Edmonton, AB, Canada / iNews880
July 09, 2015 12:09 pm
Trained service dogs are legally allowed in restaurants, but that doesn’t stop some from trying to keep them out anyway.
That’s what the CNIB’s J.S. Ryu says he encountered while trying to eat at the It’s All Greek to Me restaurant in Red Deer recently.
He was with somebody who was blind and had a dog with them, and they were told by the restaurant’s owner that they couldn’t come in.
“He had very little regard for the rights of my colleague and his guide dog, and was incredibly rude and hostile to us.”
Speaking on 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, Ryu felt it was clear that they weren’t welcome.
“We certainly did share with the two individuals in the restaurant that we did know of legislation that prohibits that type of behaviour, and it could come to a scenario where they might be fined.”
Restaurant owner, Maria Koupantsis, responded by saying it was a mix-up in communication.
“It was a misunderstanding from the beginning, then my husband went outside and talked to the person, and said if you have ID, you are welcome inside.”
Koupantsis claims that the two still chose to leave. She says if she sees them again she will apologize. (kdr, RJ)