I am livid. Just livid. So here is the low down of the story. This is the statement made on facebook by the man’s wife :
“Yesterday Ben & Felipe were at Mickeys(336-996-0676) of Kernersville having lunch with our grandson when the owner asked Ben to take Felipe outside that some folks had complained. Ben explained to her that he was a service dog and he was allowed to be in there. She argued and said only seeing eye dogs were allowed in there. She never offered to give his money back, he left. We have eaten there several times and restaurants all over the Piedmont and never a complaint. I called her and she argued with me the same, and then I called the police, and I have called the radio stations and newspapers. THIS IS WRONG! PLEASE call them and tell them this is wrong and that service dogs are allowed. THANK YOU!”
See here is the thing, Ben has PTSD from being in combat in Vietnam. Anyone know anything about PTSD? Well let me fill you in. The Mayo clinic has the definition listed as:
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.”
Now I will give you a personal description. PTSD destroys lives, not only of the people with it, but those around them. Imagine yourself in a place that you can’t feel safe at all, you constantly feel like something or someone is out to get you, then imagine that you know rationally that that is not true, but you can’t stop yourself from feeling that way. You have no idea how to make it stop. You cant rein in your emotions and you explode. Either you sit terrified in a corner and hide from the world or you kill people that care because you can’t differentiate between them and those out to get you. Now imagine that that can be all under control simply (and complexly) by having your TRAINED dog with you, the only thing in the world that you can trust. Now imagine that you are going about your business (with your trained support animal) when all of a sudden everyone in the room is talking about you, talking down to you. Saying that if you are so handicapped that you must have a dog with you, then you should stay at home. Now you are already feeling that everyone in the room is out to get you, then you realize that its no longer just a feeling. They truly are out to get you. They are being rude and nasty and ask you to leave. If this poor man never leaves the house again it won’t shock me. I know how he feels right now. This business should be ashamed of their actions during this and now their response to it. They have posted an apology above the gumball machine in their dining room. WOW! just wow!
Boycott this place, strip your business away and made a stand. This is one man, but this is a huge issue. A huge social problem that effects every single person in our society, whether you are personally afflicted by PTSD or not. It affects us all! Go to facebook and like this page, show your support. Show that you stand for people that can’t stand for themselves, even though some stood for our whole country.