Who puts a label on these people in the first place?
It is okay to argue something valid in public but being so immature and insensitive towards someone else is a whole other discussion. And in this era full of technologies, you should always be careful with how you behave with certain people when you got out, or you could go viral on the internet and become famous. And not in a good way.
Recently at a mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a group of service of handlers were having a meetup to get to know each other. That’s when a woman came along with her little daughter asking if she could pet the dogs, and in her own way, the dog handler refused as the dogs were still under training and could not be distracted.
But apparently, this mom could not bear the thought of being denied what she had asked for. Talk about being entitled! She seemed to have taken it to her heart, and it looked like she was pretty much vengeful. Let’s have a look at the whole incident play by play.
So this is how the conversation went, yellow subtitles being the mom’s and white ones belonging to the dog handler.
I really want to ask her how exactly was “no” rude?
The signs are for a reason, you know.
Being a total bitch, are we?
Oh, now she knows what’s illegal except that it’s actually not.
Boy, will she be at a loss of words now?
Yeah, help yourself.
Here’s a video showing the whole incident shared by Megan Stoff. The dog handler was experiencing the whole situation.
This dog handler shared her side of the story on her Facebook account.
Ciarán Williamson, one of the group fellows, was quiet shocked to see the whole chaos created by the mother. Here’s what he had to say…
I don’t necessarily mind being asked to pet my dog, though usually, I have to tell people no. I don’t really get upset by having to do this unless it’s a particularly stressful day or environment and I’m having trouble doing what I’ve set out to do in the first place.
I’d rather people ask than just lean in and try to grab her, which happens every day… but I don’t always have the energy to explain what she’s doing or why she can’t be petted. I’m autistic and sometimes just can’t speak very efficiently at all so I can’t explain even if I wanted to. I might shake my head no, or indicate in some other short way not to pet her or talk to her, and I just want to have that respected. People also often take pictures of us without asking and that makes me really super uncomfortable, I don’t want people to do that at all.
I guess I just don’t want people to assume I am able to divert my attention to interact with them how they want me to, and that if someone has a service dog in the first place it means they’re disabled and probably having a hard time already. Using judgment about whether it’s appropriate to ask to pet helps (does the dog already have a vest on that says not to pet? Is it really loud and busy and chaotic of an atmosphere? Does the service dog handler look uncomfortable or distracted?) I have let people pet her, but in really specific situations where I can focus on making sure I keep her attention and I know I won’t need her to work for me at that moment.
Unfortunately I feel like people don’t consider me at all when they ask to interact with my service dog the majority of the time. Usually people just lean in and talk to her or try to pet her without even acknowledging me… They also often just assume I’m rude instead of something out of my control (like I can’t hear them, which happens a lot in overstimulating environments). I am concerned about people continuing to do these things because it’s really common.
The dogs are absolutely adorable!
My dog Clover is doing very well in training though, she has a Facebook page I started for her recently so people could see her and ask me questions about her and stuff there if they’re curious. I like talking about my service dog, just not necessarily when I’m trying to go grocery shopping! She deals well with strangers approaching but she is a very friendly and outgoing dog that enjoys people so attention from other people can be a big distraction for her and it’s something we have to work on all the time. I don’t think people consider that when they get upset about not being allowed to pet her.
These are some of the comments people made in response to the video.
It’s not as if she asked for an explanation of why they couldn’t pet the dog.
Some shady etiquettes we’re teaching our children but not ourselves.
Won’t she mind if someone reacted the same way if it was her baby being touched?
It’s true; some people create scenes just to gain attention.
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