Talk about overstepping your bounds …
A Georgia woman took her twin autistic sons and their service dog and went to a local McDonald’s. As they were getting ready to leave the establishment, an off duty manager (with her own child in tow) approached the woman and told her that the dog was not permitted in the restaurant. By the time the incident was over, the off duty manager had punched the customer in her face.
Jennifer Schwenker explained that Barkley is a service dog, allowed by federal law in all public places including restaurants. Schwenker offered to provide proof of the permit for the dog, Marietta police said.
It wasn’t enough for Allen, they said. The tape shows her following the family around the McDonald’s, even down the hall to the restroom.
When Schwenker tried to leave, she lost track of one of the boys. In a panic, she threw her drink on the floor and it splashed on Allen, police said.
The tape shows Allen running after Schwenker in a rage, police said. Marietta police Detective Gwen Lewis told Davis that she has never seen anything like it.
Schwenker did not want to speak to Davis about the incident, but her husband said they are talking to a lawyer.
Allen is charged with battery assault and disorderly conduct.
JM and Jan Owens, who run the store where the incident occurred, released a statement:
“At our McDonald’s restaurant, we respect and value our customers. Their safety and well-being is always a top priority.
“We strive to comply with all applicable laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is our policy to make our restaurants accessible to all customers, including those with disabilities and special needs, whether or not they need the assistance of service animals.
“We are fully cooperating with the police department in their investigation, and the individual involved is no longer employed by our company. ”
Thankfully, the owners are handling it right. The video showing it all unfold can be found here on WSBTV.