[nagdu] The NFB of California and Uber in the news

Abigail Bolling violingirl30794 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 11 04:29:10 UTC 2014

some people may be very upset with me with what I am about to say, so if you are in favor of this movement, stop reading my message now.

The NFB chapter is correct in raising the issue of discrimination, but, the issue with the dog being put in the trunk?
The handlers complaint was that they didn’t know where their dog was?
My opinion and what I have always been taught is that the handler is responsible for the dog at all times. This includes knowing where your dog is at all times. 
So, no, the uber driver should not, under an circumstances put the dog in the trunk. That is animal abuse, clear cut simple fact unless the trunk is a hatch, accessible from the back seat with no difficulty. But the fault is with the handler here in my opinion. Again, I will agree whole heartedly with that. But it is also the fault of the handler for letting the incident accur. If a driver tried to take my dog and put it any where, I would not take that cab and request to talk to that drivers supervisor. 

In short, both parties are at fault here. 

Hopefully you guys don’t hate me for voicing my opinion here, but I could not stand by and leave the person who is ultimately responsible for their service animal walk away from this incident with out some sort of reprimand. 


Abigail Bolling

Wright State University: Social Work
“Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart, and just let the music play.” (Julie Anderson Diamond)
On Sep 10, 2014, at 5:41 PM, Aaron Cannon via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Hi all.
> Thought you all might find this to be of interest:
> Uber sued for allegedly refusing rides to the blind and putting a dog
> in the trunk
> By Gail Sullivan
> September 10 at 5:06 AM
> An advocacy group for the blind is suing the app-based ride-sharing
> service Uber, alleging the company discriminates against passengers
> with service dogs.
> The federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday by the California chapter
> of the National Federation of the Blind cites instances in California
> and elsewhere
> when blind Uber customers summoned a car only to be refused a ride
> once the driver saw them with a service dog. In some cases, drivers
> allegedly abandoned
> blind travelers in extreme weather and charged cancellation fees after
> denying them rides, the complaint said.
> The complaint filed in a Northern California District Court cites one
> instance where a California UberX driver put a service dog in the
> trunk and refused
> to pull over when the blind passenger realized where the animal was.
>
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/10/uber-sued-for-allegedly-refusing-rides-to-the-blind-and-putting-a-dog-in-the-trunk/
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