Monday, April 26, 2010

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service and No Gay Dogs Too!

I see an opportunity for PETA and ACT UP to combine forces to fight canine homophobia! 
NineMSN: An Adelaide restaurant that refused a blind man entry because a waiter thought his guide dog was "gay" has been ordered to apologise and pay compensation.
Ian Jolly was told he could not take guide dog Nudge into the Thai Spice last May because a member of staff objected, The Sunday Mail reported.
The restaurant's owners said a misunderstanding had arisen between Jolly's female companion and a waiter who understood the woman "to be saying she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant".
"The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog," the owners said in a statement to South Australia's Equal Opportunity Tribunal.
The tribunal on Friday ordered the restaurant to pay Jolly $1500 and offer him a written apology for discriminating against him on the grounds of disability.
The restaurant, which displays a "guide dogs welcome" sign, refused to comment to the newspaper and was unavailable to respond on Sunday.
Jolly told the Sunday Mail he was happy with the result.
"I just want to be like everybody else and be able to go out for dinner, to be left alone and just enjoy a meal," he said. 
Via: NineMSN

1 comment:

Weirddave said...

This is sad. It's Australia, so no bearing on me, but I could see it happening here. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that what we have is a case of broken English on one side or the other. The restaurateur is an immigrant and heard "gay dog" when the person said "guide dog" (or vice versa). Reasonable people would either make the effort to understand each other (Gay dog? No, no, I have a guide dog. GUIDE dog), or shrug it off and move on to the next restaurant, but nooooo, here we have one of the offenderatti, so pique ensues and the poor shop owner is fined $1500 for a misunderstanding. Pathetic, and a sad, sad commentary on modern political correctness.*

*Please note that this is my best guess as to what occurred, based upon what I have read. I am prepared to be wrong if there are facts I don't know yet.

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