Hayliegh and I went out on a date this last Friday to a local and popular restaurant in San Diego / La Mesa. My date and I sat down in the bar area he then left to the mensroom. The couple next to me inquired about Hayliegh (service dog) and I picked her up standing in the isle. In a split second the manager came over and with hostility said we have complaints that your dog is in your arms. Now before I go any further let me play this out becuase it wasn’t about her in my arms it was about me not looking disabled, what I call “hidden disabilities” = discrimination.
* He said he had 4 complaints I hadn’t even been there 3 minutes and she was on the floor for those 2 minute and 53 seconds.
* I had her in my arms 7 long seconds at most.
* The manager addresses me with an antagonistic manner basically abusive saying a person w/ a service dog had to be physically disabled.
* I don’t look disabled as I have hidden disabilities. (I didn’t share this out loud it is for the to reader know) I am a size 4 wearing Victoria Secret cloths, I eat healthy and workout every split second I get.
* I shared with him that I am physically disabled this went for three rounds. Then my date returns and with his strong voice says “What is the problem here?’ The manager says she has to be physically disabled and I looked at him and said “I am physically disabled.”
The couple next to us went to leave and kept apologizing to me as they were up set that I had been treated so horribly.
I managed to work through the discomfort and my date was more then helpful to get me through the ordeal.
Today is Sunday and I called the restaurant to ask for the corporate number as I was going to report this to the head office. Well it turned out that a supervisor was on the phone and took my compliant. She was apologetic and offered a meal for me and my date to make up for the rudeness that we endured.
Again another issue of abuse to those of us who DON’T LOOK DISABLED!
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