A disabled man and his seeing eye dog were trying to hitch a ride in a cab when they cam across a driver who refused to let the guide dog in because he though it was filthy. In case you weren’t aware, there are many Sharia laws passed against dogs. For instance owning a dog in Iran could result in 74 lashes under laws passed by the Iranian government. “Traditionally, dogs have been seen as impure, and the Islamic legal tradition has developed several injunctions that warn Muslims against most contact with dogs. Unfortunately, many Muslims have used this view to justify the abuse and neglect of dogs”.
Many Muslims are known to abuse or kick dogs and certainly wouldn’t be caught giving one a ride in their car. This footage shows Charles Bloch, with his guide dog and girlfriend, trying to get in the taxi before being told by the driver that he will ‘not take the dog’ because of his religion. Mr Bloch, who is blind had booked the cab and was shocked to be told the driver would not take him upon collection.
His partner, 21, who was also born with a visual impairment and is registered blind, filmed the encounter on her phone and posted the footage – which now been viewed by millions – online.
Mr Bloch responds: ‘By law you can’t deny us…it’s against the disability act of 1995,’ but the driver appears adamant and refuses to take the couple, instead saying he will need to call head office. The footage shows the conversation between the driver, who has not been identified, and an operator at the taxi company and the cabbie can be heard asking if another car can be sent. Mr Bloch interrupts the conversation to claim he doesn’t want another car but to be taken in the one he had originally booked, but his plea seemingly goes ignored as the driver cancels the order.
The video ends with Mr Bloch shouting after the driver: ‘If you drive away I’ll sue you’. The driver drove away shouting back: ‘Yeah, I’m ready to talk to the police.’ I ask you… who’s right was more important here? The blind man who refused a second taxi or the Muslim driver who refused a dog in his car for religious preference? WATCH the entire incident below…