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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Two head shaking stories -Michael Vick "Say No to Subway" and service dogs owners refused service in Dedham Ma
I got two computer alerts back to back last night at just about the same time. Both had me shaking my head fairly equally in disbelief.
Have you heard that Michael Vick got a BET Award as Subway Sportsman of the year?!?! Within minutes my computer screen was filed with emails, forwards, tweets, Face Book links, and lots and lots of outrage.
No better time to buy local I say. Within a 2 mile stretch from Subway in either direction, I can choose local wonderful shops such as Hoggie's, Full Belly Deli, and Rosemont, all on Brighton Ave. Even if they take the award away, Subway--- I quit you. Done . Finito. You are dead to me.
What a PR nightmare. Don't bother commenting to tell us that Michael Vick did his time. We are not listening to you. Never have, and never will.
And no . He. Did. Not.
Everything you need to know about the boycott can be found on this Facebook Page
Say no to Subway.
The other story also has me shaking my head takes place in Dedham MA where a dozen people went to a restaurant and were denied service. They had a reservations and 6 of them had service dogs. The group was refused service because of the dogs, which is a clear violation of the American with Disabilities Act and MA law. They were not denied service because the dogs were not trained or acting right. They were denied service just because they had service dogs. I was 80 degrees out and it was even suggested to them that they leave the dogs in the car. WTH!!
The Dedham police (illegally!!!) sided with the restaurant owner. There are several violations here and it may carry a jail sentence. The police and restaurant owner were not within their rights to ask the people for their dog's paperwork. The dogs had every right to be there. They were accused of being confrontational .They were hungry!
I have been to many Portland area eateries with service dogs in training and with a number of people and their service dogs. One memorable time we were 10 people and 6 dogs without reservations. People welcomed us, our dogs and our money! Service dogs in training are afforded the same protection under the law in the state of Maine when they are with a trainer.
The one thing both of the these stories have in common --- PR nightmare.
Ask me if I care about that in the least?
For me this is not just a case of boycott untill it is made right. This is the stuff of life time bans for me. Plenty of other places to eat.