In North Texas a wounded US Marine say’s the local Walgreen’s store asked him to leave because he had brought his service dog into the store.
The Marine, Christopher Goodson said the incident happened in Mesquite Texas at the store on Galloway Ave. Goodson stated he had just ran in real quick to buy a drink when the store manager yelled at him to “get the dog out.” The manager could have easily done as the law requires and asked the veteran if the dog is a service animal or not, then made his decision.
The Marine stated that he told ed the manager that his dog Ben was in fact a service dog, however, the Walgreen’s employee denied him service because his dog wasn’t wearing a vest. He then showed the manager his dogs special ID card, but he continued to blow the Marine off.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, service dogs are not required to wear any special vest.
[pull_quote_center]“There doesn’t have to be any sort of vest or any sort of markings on the service animal to say it’s a service animal to be in compliance with the ADA,” said attorney Pete Schulte. [/pull_quote_center]
A spokesman for Walgreens stated, “Service animals are welcome in our stores, and we understand the help they provide….we will make sure our employees at this store fully understand the rights for use of service animals.”