Blind Man Asked to Leave His Service Dog in a Car at Michigan Restaurant


Nathan Schneck and his service dog, Husker, take a walk on Sunday.
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Many times, we have posted about folks who have had problems in restaurants with their service dogs, but in the vast majority of these instances, the dog owner doesn’t have an obvious disability. This is why it’s so shocking that Nathan Schneck, who is clearly blind, was told that he couldn’t have his dog with him in a Michigan restaurant.

Nathan Schneck and his wife, Stacy, had just placed their beverage order Friday night at the Grand Azteca when the manager approached their table and quietly asked them to place the golden retriever in the car due to concerns of other diners.

“At first, I was like ‘Are you kidding me?’ Schneck said Sunday at his home. “This is the first time something like this has happened to me. I was told it would, but I never expected it.”

Schneck, 38, carries a laminated identification card showing he went through 30 days of training with the dog, Husker, at the Leader Dogs for the Blind facility in Rochester. He’s only had the dog a few months.

Of course, the manager claims he didn’t know the law. Why isn’t knowledge of such laws a prerequisite to becoming a restaurant manager?

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