Disabled Vet Asked To Leave Store Because Of His Service Dog
A Texas veteran was asked to leave Walgreens because of his service dog.
Christopher Goodson, who served with the United States Marine Corps, said the altercation happened on Thursday at the store in Mesquite. When Goodson walked in to buy a drink, the manager told him to “get the dog out.”
Goodson said, “He could have walked up and discreetly asked me, ‘Is this a service dog?’”
According to KDFW, Goodson said he explained that his dog Ben is a service dog, but the manager still refused to sell him anything because Ben wasn’t wearing a vest.
Goodson said he also showed the manager his dog’s special tag and ID card. “Everything I was telling him, he was just blowing it off,” said Goodson. The disabled Vet also said the manager confronted him three times, then followed him around the store before asking him to leave.
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require service dogs to wear a special vest of any sort. In addition, Goodson said his service dog was not wearing a vest because it was so hot outside.
Walgreens says it will educate its employees on this issue.