[nfbmi-talk] FW: not very kosher discrimination

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 31 23:39:23 UTC 2014

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From: joe harcz Comcast [mailto:joeharcz at comcast.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 7:03 PM
To: terry Eagle
Subject: not very kosher discrimination

Blind shopper's guide dog barred from kosher baker

December 23, 2014

Mr Sheridan with Mia, his guide dog.


Mr Sheridan with Mia, his guide dog.


A blind shopper was left outraged after being told by kosher bakery staff
that his guide dog was barred from the premises, writes Matei Clej.


Kelvin Sheridan entered Grodzinski bakery in Edgware with his guide dog Mia
and wife Valerie last Thursday.


According to Mr Sheridan, on approaching the filled roll section of the
bakery, a man behind the counter shouted: "No dogs, no dogs. Out."


He said:?"I politely explained to him that Mia is my guide dog, to which a
woman behind the counter also screamed: 'No dogs'."


Discrimination legislation requires businesses to make adjustments to 'no
dog' policies so blind people can make use of their facilities.


Mr Sheridan said the incident occurred in full view of other customers. "The
way staff shouted and screamed at me was humiliating and degrading", he


After he and his wife complained about his treatment, the owner of the
family-run bakery apologised, but initially refused to make staff apologise

away as requested by Mr Sheridan.


"He said that this was not going to happen now as he didn't want to do it in
front of the customers. I said that if his staff could scream and shout at

me in front of the customers there was no reason for them not to apologise
in front of the customers," Mr Sheridan said.


Mr and Mrs Sheridan reported the incident to two nearby police officers, who
attended the bakery to speak to the owner.


The issue was settled when the male and female members of staff who told Mr
Sheridan to get out said sorry for their behaviour.


The owner of Grodzinski has responded with the following reply to the Jewish


"Last Thursday Mr Kelvin Sheridan was told by two of our staff that his
guide dog, Mia, was not allowed in our shop.


This does NOT reflect our policy which is fully compliant with the law.


I, as owner of Grodzinski, immediately apologized to Mr Sheridan.


Following a briefing conducted with the staff involved, they also
apologized, hands were shaken, and in the words of Mister Sheridan "the
issue was settled".


Blind shopper's guide dog barred from kosher baker - Jewish News




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