Monday, April 26, 2010

Aussie Restaurant Bars Blind Man and His "Gay Dog"

A restaurant in Australia was ordered by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal to pay a blind man $1,500 AUD ($1,390 USD) because they barred his guide dog from entering the restaurant.

Because they thought the man had a "gay dog."

According to a story in the Adelaide (Australia) Sunday Mail, when Ian Jolly told restaurant staff he wanted to bring a guide dog into the restaurant, they thought he said a gay dog.

Thai Spice owners, Hong Hoa Thi To and Anh Hoang Le, told the EOT that one of their waiters thought that Jolly's girlfriend, Chris Lawrence, said "she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant."

"The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog," said a statement from the Equal Opportunity Tribunal.

(By the way, that's a photo of my dog, Sophie, not Ian Jolly's dog.)

I know the Australian accent can be a little tricky, especially if the waiter is not a lifelong Aussie, but whoever heard of a gay dog? Gay penguins, yes. Gay dogs, no.

In addition to paying the $1,500 fine, the EOT required the restaurant owners to issue a written apology to Jolly, and to attend an education course that will teach them important issues, like the fact that there are no gay dogs.

Or that if he is gay, it doesn't mean he likes you. You're not his type.

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