A disabled Iraqi war veteran was booted out of a Massachusetts restaurant because he was accompanied by his most faithful companion — his service dog.
James Glaser, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, said his trained service dog Jack is the only thing that can keep him steady during times of stress, according to NECN-TV.
“When I start getting upset he smells the difference in me and he will claw at my chest and he will put his arm around my neck,” said Glaser.
The incident happened over the weekend when Glaser and Jack decided to stop for lunch at Big I’s Diner in Oxford.
“My feet just got into the restaurant and I ‘hear get that F-ing fake service dog out of my restaurant,’” said Glaser.
Russell Ireland, Big I’s co-owner, said he doesn’t consider Jack a true service dog.
“This is a post-traumatic stress dog. It’s to give him emotional support. How much emotional support do you need when you are eating breakfast,” Ireland said.
The American Disabilities Act provides that public businesses, including restaurants, must, “allow someone with PTSD to bring in a service animal that has been trained to calm the person when he or she has an anxiety attack.”
When the restaurant owner showed disrespect for the service dog, he ultimately showed disrespect for the service of the veteran, and that’s unacceptable.
Watch the news coverage, courtesy of NECN-TV.