A Florida motel owner is facing legal ramifications after refusing to let a young disabled Army veteran rent a room because he brought along his service dog– which is completely legal given the fact that the dog is certified.
Former Army Sgt. Robert Price, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in an Afghanistan battle zone, only wanted to rent a room for the night while vacationing in Daytona Beach, Fla.
When he got to the desk, the owner refused him a room because he was accompanied by his friend and trusty service dog, Walker.
Then the Budget Inn owner, Bina Patel, unnecessarily escalated the situation by calling local police, treating the veteran as if he were a common criminal.
When police arrived, Price calmly explained what had happened and that the woman behind the counter was breaking the law by refusing him a room due to his legally certified service dog.
After attempting to explain to Patel, who obviously needs a refresher course on how to treat customers, that what she was doing is against the law, the officers went out of their way to take Price around to several local hotels, which were all booked.
They finally had luck when they arrived at LaQuinta Inn, which welcomed Price and Walker without issue.
Walker said he’s faced similar situations before when attempting to book hotel rooms, but never has a clerk been so rude and treated him as a criminal by calling the police.
“Not only do I take it personal, but I take it as a huge disrespect to all veterans out there,” Walker said in an interview with a local reporter (H/T TPNN).
Florida law prohibits turning away disabled individuals with service dogs, and the rude owner will likely be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a fine and possible jail time.
But a more fitting punishment might be for Conservative Tribune readers not to book a room at the Budget Inn — particularly the one in Daytona Beach — and let them know why.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune