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    Guide dog feared to deter coffee shop customers

    NewsUK Dog NewsFriday 12 August 2011
    A blind woman was kicked out of coffee shop because its owners feared that her companion, a guide dog, would deter other customers.
    A blind woman told Daily Mail that she felt like a second-class citizen after being banned from a coffee shop because the owners feared her guide dog could deter other customers. The woman was asked to leave the White Coffee House in Dovercourt, Essex, as soon as the staff saw her 2-year-old guide dog and take a place on an outside table.
    The Equality Act 2010 requires restaurants and other service providers not to discriminate against disabled people. Although many restaurants motivate their decision with hygiene issues, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers has confirmed that guide and other assistance dogs should have access to these premises and there is no conflict with hygiene laws.
    Text source: Daily Mail; Image

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