September 8th 2012 4:09 pm
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Bob and I stopped for the night in Chambersburg, PA. We’ve been on the road for four days now, and we’ve gone to a whole bunch of different restaurants. With my Service Dog vest, I haven’t had the slightest problem getting into any of the restaurants—though some of the managers looked like they weren’t too thrilled about letting Bob in.
We’ve also stayed in several motels, generally without any problems. However, last night at a Motel 6 in Bristol, VA, the night clerk asked Bob if he had any pets. He replied, correctly, “No, but I have a service dog with me.” The clerk scoffed, “That’s a pet.” “No,” Bob corrected him, “He’s a service dog, not a pet.” The clerk mumbled something else about charging a pet fee, so Bob and I just went somewhere else. Once we got checked in, though, Bob sent an E-mail to the parent company of Motel 6, Accor Hotels, demanding an apology. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, hotels and motels cannot refuse service to people with service animals, and they can’t charge any additional fees for service animals. You know what’s really funny? It seems that I have more training than that clerk had.
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That clerk sounds like an idiot. Conpawtulations on being a diary pick today!