"I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement." ~Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

They tried to open a can of Kung-Fu!

I will be updating on the gun shop issue soon but for now there's this...

One of the many things that I love about my job is the fact that you just never know what you’re going to deal with day to day. Now, sometimes that can be a little irritating when you’re trying to eat, especially when you only have 30 minutes to do so.

I was sitting in my favorite Japanese buffet restaurant, when I saw a lady, what I at the time I assumed was her husband and her service dog come in. The lady appeared to be sight impaired, so I just continued to mind my business and eat. I saw all of the little Japanese folks running around yelling and screaming at each other, as if Godzilla was launching a full scale invasion against their restaurant. I once again tried to just eat my food. That’s when it happened, the “Head guy” comes walking over to me with a look of sheer terror on his face. I knew what was coming so I took a big bite of food and resigned myself to the fact that a complete and undisturbed meal probably wasn’t in the cards for me tonight.

Head guy in his broken English says to me “Lady with dog can not be in restaurant with dog!” I attempted to explain to him that the dog was a service dog, she needed him to help her see and that by law he can not ask them to leave. If they were prepared to be sued by these folks by all means tell them they need to go, but I’m not going to ask them to leave. Well he didn’t like that at all so he started the whole yelling in foreign language to his family thing, which caused all of them to start glaring at me like they were going to pull out a Samurai sword and make short work of my head. I just wanted to finish my food and get out of there! Obviously too much to ask.

The lady got up with her dog and proceeded to the buffet bar. The head guy went nuts, ran over to her and started screaming at her in the best English he could muster, “You no take dog to food bar!” The lady was scared to death. Her husband came to her defense, trying to explain to him that she could indeed bring the dog to the bar. Head guy kept on until I finally had to step in to get him to stop the attack. These folks were devastated that they were being refused service. I calmed them down, attempting once again to try and explain to the head guy the law. That was a complete waste of time. The couple was so upset, they left, of course not without making sure head guy was threatened with a law suit. Head guy was screaming, “You owe me money, you get tea!” I ignored his rants.

I grabbed my check, went to the counter and paid my bill. They were very nasty to me refusing to even look my way. I could care less, I did my job.

I wish people that are not native to this country would understand that people with disabilities have the same rights here that they do. If they have a service dog, they are entitled to take that dog everywhere any “able-bodied” person can go. Not considering people with disabilities is walking directly into a trick bag. In fact, my department is being sued as well as the individual officer over another disability issue. Even law enforcement isn’t exempt from recognizing and respecting people with disabilities.

I’m Out And We’ll Talk Later.

16 comments:

Mrs. "Smith" said...

Kojak, did the dog have a vest on? If so, I hope the book gets thrown at the restaurant's owner.

I can tell you that even though I love dogs, I am tired of everyone dragging "Precious" everywhere with them. I've seen them in Sears, The container Store, and even the freaking supermarket!!! No vest, nothing to show the dog is a service dog. I've seen service dogs and they have vests. These are some thug f*ck's attack dog-to-be or it's some useless lap "dog".

I can't wait until we get into a place that's big enough for a dog. I miss my dog, and the kids really want one...

Kojak said...

Hey Mrs."Smith" Yes, bright orange with bold black letters.

I hate that myself, what really gets me is the ones that have "Fido" in their lap steering the car.

I love animals, especially rescued animals. All of my animals are rescues that I got from Aza. I have a dog, 2 cats, fish, hermit crabs,birds,and 2 lil mouses. They are all rescues except the fish, and the crabs, well one crab me and Aza rescued from Wal-Mart. They are wonderful companions.

I hope you have a great big spread so you can enjoy your critters. Thanks for coming by.

TheBronze said...

Theo, that's some funny sh*t!

When I read that: "Lady with dog can not be in restaurant with dog!"

I thought they were trying to say "You can't be in this restaurant with a dog, because we're serving dog!"

My bad...

Telebush said...

My FTO and I almost dumped a hearing-impaired person. I initiated a traffic stop and he jumped out of vehicle pounding his fist into his open palm - I'm thinking 'game on'... turns out he was just trying to demonstrate that he was in a traffic collision. I picked up on what was going on, holstered and told my FTO relax. Not often the recruit gets to tell the FTO to relax.

Did you offer your card to the couple and let them know you'll be a witness when they sue the restaurant?

Kojak said...

The Bronze I would not doubt it, dog just might be on the old menu. Your not right bro! Be Safe.

Telebush Thats exactly what happened here in our department. The officer took the guy to the ground, thinking he was aggresive by his actions. Big time law suit, we now have a 6 hour block in in service training for disabled people.

They did get my name, but I have yet to hear anything. Be Safe out there bro.

Fire Fox said...

Don't get me started on the "non-English speaking" part of this post.... talk about opening up a can of worms kojak! Maybe you could do a post about it....
Regards,
A.

DIXIECHICK said...

I agree with fire fox....it really irritates me as well. If you are going to live in this country...you need to understand the laws and how to speak english...we shouldn't have to "learn your language to be able to communicate with you"...know what I mean? That is a definite can of worms....so, I will shut up. I hope the couple sues the hell out of them!

*Goddess* said...

I don't know what I hate more: seeing someone drive with a dog on their lap and under their chin, or seeing a car full of Beanie Babies in the rear window. If you can't leave the house without taking a car load of stuffed animals with you, you're too young to drive.

Berserk said...

Guess I better take the beanie babies out of my patrol car. :)

Kojak said...

FireFox Yea I get fired up as well.I get so frustrated when I go in a place and you have to drag out a conversation with people because they don't understand you or vise versa. If you want to own a business learn the darn language.

Dixiechic I couldn't agree more Ms. Chic.

Goddess I know what you mean, there's a lady that drives around in my area that must have 500 Beanie Babies on her dash and anywhere she can put one. She's about 70, definately old enough to drive. I think she will have to buy a new car soon to get more in.

Berserk I thought I was the only one, shhhhhh don't tell anybody. We had a squad thing with a Beanie Baby squirrel that we named "Nuts" If you screwed up on a report or call you got to have nuts until somebody else screwed up. Nuts had to go everywhere you went. Nuts went to bike week with me lil guy got more attention than I did.

Thanks to all who stopped by!

Berserk said...

Nuts sounds awesome. In the academy, we had a lawn gnome names Crazee that the most recent fuck-up had to carry around until further notice.

Gods help you if it was ever damaged or left unattended....

Officer "Smith" said...

This might give away my agency to some, but we have a trophy. It's a real, honest to God trophy, with a crashed car on top.

The last person to crash gets this trophy on their locker until someone else crashes.

I have not had the crash trophy (knocking on my head)...

Berserk said...

We need one of those.

kvegas911 said...

They probably wanted to serve the poor pooch up for lunch! This is why I want to legislate a "No stupid Zone" law in my town. Enforce upon coming across an individual "being stupid in my no stupid zone." Kojak, we are "dog poor" ourselves. We rescue, I just got a forever home for the last of the lastest batch of foster fur babies, and took another one in for a forever home because I am a big sucker and fell in love with her. Ban stupid people-not dogs!

fuzzys dad said...

If you are in America YOU SHOULD
SPEAK ENGLISH.I used to live in Miami.And the people there that did not know or speak english.
Drove me nuts.
I found you through the lollipop tree.

Kojak said...

OfficerSmith I like that idea, I am banging on my head as I type this. I haven't has a crash yet. Be Safe.

Kvegas911 I was thinking the same thing. It's funny that you commented about the rescue's, Aza has been in the rescue business for a very long time. I am happy that you do rescue, it's a great thing. I just walked out the door the other night and there sits a mixed shepherd. Needless to say she is now behing my gate. We are going to clean her up and adopt her out.

FuzzysDad I couldn't agree more. I get so irritated with that language barrier thing. Be Safe, thanks for stopping by.