[nagdu] Discrimination; What Do I Do Next?

Larry D. Keeler lkeeler at comcast.net
Fri Jul 12 00:23:01 UTC 2013

But the point is that here the laws are indeed different. And, not all of 
the foreign owners you are refering to are like this. I have only been 
kicked out of one place but I don't often go there anyway. I explained to 
them that yes, I could come in but I'd wait outside for my order and spread 
the word about there discriminatory practices. Holly and I have been in 
several oriental and middle eastern restraunts and are not only welcome but 
encouraged to come in! Everyone loves Holly! Discrimination is 
discrimination here no matter who's doing it!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ben Humphreys" <brh at opticinspiration.org>
To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users" 
<nagdu at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:04 PM
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Discrimination; What Do I Do Next?

> Suzy,
> What I am about to say should not be condoned as acceptance of this kind 
> of discrimination and I'm going to try to say it in as politically correct 
> a way I know how.
> Certain kinds of business owners or employees, such as those running Asian 
> restaurants and  some foreigners driving New York city taxicabs are 
> notorious for their lack of acceptance of guide dogs, despite all please 
> to the contrary.
> It's a cultural thing -- in the countries they come from, dogs are just 
> viewed differently, and these business owners are apt to use the laws 
> they're aware of, such as health laws prohibiting animals in their 
> restaurants, as reasons for denying you access.
> Beyond a certain point, you're wasting your breath trying to convince them 
> with facts.
> One relatively quick remedy which does not involve the hassle of a lawsuit 
> or getting the media involved is to simply call the cops.  One time, I had 
> a NYC taxi driver who wouldn't move his car until my dog and I got out. 
> We called 9-1-1 and a NYC police officer showed up within minutes and read 
> him the riot act (and threatened to give him a ticket on an unrelated 
> matter). After that, he couldn't apologize enough.  In fact, he would not 
> accept the fare for the ride.
> Discrimination in Asian sorts of restaurants and taxicabs is encountered 
> by all of us routinely, and even discussed by the instructors at the guide 
> dog school I attended.
> I know it's hard not to take it personally...
> Try and remain calm and just call the police on your cell phone.
> Ben
> At 06:53 PM 7/11/2013, you wrote:
>>I am so furious right now, Izzy and I were going into a local Chinese 
>>Buffet restaurant about an hour ago and were denied access despite telling 
>>them that Izzy is a guide dog and it's against the law to deny us. What do 
>>I do now and how do I go about filing a discrimination claim?
>>Thank you.
>>Suzy Wilson & Izzy
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