WRCB NBC News
March 8, 2016
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB)
One man’s experience at a Fort Oglethorpe restaurant has left a bad taste in his mouth after they refused him service because of his service dog. But the restaurant's manager told Channel 3 it was a misunderstanding and that they want to make things right.
Roger Corley, who suffers from PTSD after serving in the military, and his dog Missy were denied service Friday from El Matador Restaurant in Fort Oglethorpe.
“I walked in and the lady said ‘you can’t have an animal in here,’” Corley said. “I explained it’s not just an animal, it’s not a pet, it’s a service animal. I showed her the identification for my dog. She told me it didn’t matter and that I wasn’t allowed to come in with her.”
The restaurant manager who turned the man away told Channel 3 she didn’t know about PTSD service dogs or the Georgia law that allows Corley to take Missy anywhere.
“It’s my mistake,” said Maria D. Martinez De Arellano. “I’m thinking it’s a regular dog because I don’t see him blind, I think only the blind people need the dog.”
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