A former Marine and Gulf War Veteran said he was told to leave a Houston area bar and restaurant because he had his service dog with him. Don Brown of Spring Texas was given a medical discharge from the Marines after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. About eight months ago he got a service dog named Truman to, as Brown said; help him cope with everyday life.
According to Brown he met a friend at the River Side Inn Marina in Channelview Wednesday for a burger and he brought Truman with him. The waitress told Brown the dog could not be there and Brown explained it was a service dog. The waitress went to check with her manager and that’s when Brown said a man came out from across the room and asked Brown if he was blind. The Manager didn’t think Truman was a certified service dog and told Brown to leave because of an “attitude problem”.
It is against state and federal law for a business to ask about a person’s disability or to deny service to someone with a service animal. Brown originally told his story to our t-v partner Local 2 because he said he wanted the whole world to know how he was treated. The restaurant refused to comment on the incident.
Video courtesy of KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2.