Everyone can agree that the brave men and women in our armed forces are to be revered for what they do to protect our freedom. That said, every now and again a person or establishment fails to give a military vet the respect they deserve, and when this happens it reflects poorly on us all.
When a retired Green Beret tried to get breakfast with his service dog at a fancy Chicago brassiere, Cochon Volant, he was promptly asked to leave because of their strict “No Dogs Allowed” policy. However, thanks to The Americans with Disabilities Act, service dogs are protected against these kinds of policies. But that didn’t stop this restaurant!
This is what he had to say to CBS:
“When my service dog and I walked in, the hostess took us to the table, and the young lady named Hannah, she said, ‘You can’t have a dog in the restaurant.’ I kept my cool and I said, ‘You know, it’s the American Disabilities Act. This is my service dog, he can go wherever I go, it’s the law.’ So I was seated, placed my order, then Hannah came over again and said I have to leave. I said, ‘It’s my service dog,’ and she said, ‘I don’t care, you need to leave, we don’t have dogs in the restaurant.’ I could go to the Department of Justice with this if we continue down this path.'”
What people fail to understand about service dogs is that they are not just pets with a fancy vest – they are a lifeline to the person they are supporting. To take away someone’s right to their service dog is the same as saying a paraplegic cannot use their wheelchair. It’s simply unacceptable.
And while Brown certainly could have gone to the Department of Justice and sought recompense for the damages done by this negligent establishment, instead Brown decided to take his news to the place where most stories like this first crop up – Facebook.
From there, his story took off. People were sharing this outrageous tale all across America, showing their support for this vet and his dog. The restaurant’s Yelp page exploded with negative feedback, with people saying things like “I wish there was an options for zero stars. You should be ashamed of yourself for refusing service to a disabled veteran with a certified service animal,” and “No one should spend a second in this place. Unacceptable!”
So, while it is despicable that places like Cochon Volant fail to understand the importance of a service dog, the fact that so many people came to show their support gives a ray of hope for the future.