Blind man with guide dog told to stay out of restaurant

Reposted from a story online by Edmonton, AB, Canada / iNews880
Kevin Robertson
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)

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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