Restaurant In This State Wishes They NEVER Kicked Out Disabled Veteran Because Of His Dog… HUGE MISTAKE


Bar Kicks Out Veteran Because He Had Service Dog – Company Responds…

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is unlawful to require proof of a disability or identification for the service dog.

“In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions,” according to the Department of Justice. “(1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability.”

A Marine veteran went to a bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to celebrate the Corps’ Birthday with 10 other Marines, Fox 17 reports.

Jerome Smith, served in the Iraq War from 2002 to 2006,  has a service dog, JoJo, that helps him with PTSD, he and his dog walked into the Holiday Bar & Grill to join the other Marines, when the general manager approached him and instructed that he and his service dog had to leave.

The general manager said there were concerns if someone stepped on the dog, the dog may bite a customer.

Smith brought all his documents with him and JoJo was wearing the Service Dog vest, because he said he’s used to “ignorant people refusing me service or somehow blaming me or accusing me of misbehavior as their justification for removal. I’m prepared for situations like this.”

Smith stated,  when he showed the general manager his credentials for the service dog, the general manager waved his hand in Smith’s face, crossed his arms, shook his head and refused to look at the dog or the credentials.

Smith wrote that the general manager said, “I don’t care what you have. It’s private property. You have to leave.” Smith said the general manager went around and told all the staff to refuse him service.

“The way I was treated was so disrespectful, I want to give them a chance to grow and make this right.  I want the Holiday Bar to sponsor a service dog through,  “This Able Veteran”. That’s the same organization that gave me my service dog, JoJo, five years ago.”

A sponsorship costs about $25,000. The dog receives 12 months of training before being paired with a veteran. Then the veteran comes to stay at the nonprofit in Illinois for a month for training with the dog.

The bar & grill hoped that was the end of it and didn’t bother to investigate the issue any further until word got out and people started to have Smiths 6.

The Holiday Bar & Grill threw out a response and it is the typical propaganda from a company after they have already proved by their actions, their true colors:

“We had a very unsettling incident late Friday evening at our establishment that we are ashamed of and very sorry for.

Some of you may have heard bits and pieces and or have been made aware of this. Although the decisions that were that night were made out of concern for all involved, it is clear that the wrong decisions were made.

For this we are deeply sorry, we know we can’t change what happened but are hopeful we can learn from this. We employ men of armed services, both active and ex, and have nothing but upmost respect and admiration for them and all that serve.

On behalf of all at the holiday Bar we would like to express our deepest apologies for all the pain this has caused. In light of all the pain this has caused we will be donating 100% of all of our sales today to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, we know this doesn’t change what happened, but maybe it will be a cause for reflection in our own hearts if nothing else.”

“The holiday bar just refused service to a marine and service dog tonight while we stopped in to celebrate.  Asked to leave by management. If any of my friends frequent this bar please stop. And please share and go viral. Obviously they care not for why service animals do for our veterans or any one in that matter that may need them. Wish I could tag everyone.”~ Customer who witnessed the incident, David Dame Jr.

It is clear that the “apology” by the bar was PC response and shows 0 concern for military vets with service dogs.

The contact information is on their website, should you feel you have something to say on behalf of service dogs and our military vets.

God Bless.

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