Disabled Vet Thrown Out Of New Jersey Restaurant Because Of Service Dog
[su_right_ad]All businesses open to the public must allow service dogs in, but that was not the case at a Paterson, New Jersey Subway store.
Richard Hunter’s troubled life turned around in July when the U.S. Army veteran received a service dog from the non-profit group Dogs4Warriors. The 50-year-old suffers from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“He realizes I’m having anxiety before I do,” Richard Hunter said.
WABC-TV’s Jane Wallace got bizarre answers when she went to the store to file her story.
When Eyewitness News found the manager, Mitul Ahmed, behind the counter he denied everything.
“You’re not Mitul Ahmed,” Wallace said.
“No, he’s not here,” Ahmed said.
Oh, and that sign on the door, suddenly changed. The line about service animals welcome was removed.
The owner’s son arrived, with a foot-long list of excuses.
“If he’s not going to say he made a mistake, that’s fine too, because I’m going to be the better person, you know, we both messed up, all right, we messed up more,” said Zaphir Pathan, the Subway owner’s son.
“How did he mess up by having a service dog and wanting to go into the store, I don’t understand that?” Wallace said.
“You’re completely twisting the situation, that’s funny,” Pathan said.
“If I go into that Subway with a service dog, will I be allowed in?” Wallace asked.
“You can go in right now because now we know,” he said.