Here’s a depressing story: Richard Hunter, an army veteran, was thrown out of a Patterson, New Jersey Subway store when he, his son, and a colleague tried to order a meal. Hunter’s German shepherd service dog, Bonner, who was clearly identified, was also with them, but the group was turned away. All this happened despite the store’s sign: “Need special assistance? Just ask, we’ll help! Service animals are welcome.”
Never mind that the sign was allegedly removed after the local ABC affiliate came around to ask questions, or the feeble excuse that “there’s so many rules to follow” proffered by the Subway owner’s son, this was Hunter’s first meal out in ten years, he says — owing to his bouts with PTSD and anxiety, and he’s only had Bonner since July. Disgraceful footlongs and disgraceful behavior aside, someone really ought to treat this guy, along with his dog, to a sit-down meal at a nice place.