Service animals are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), in part because every one of them is better behaved than the maniac in this video, berating a veteran for having a PTSD service dog.
The word “triggered” means virtually nothing at this point, thanks to college administrators and the liberal media trivializing it to the point of comedy. The phrase, “trigger warning” gets bandied about in all sorts of contexts now, from video games to television, though nobody using it seems to know what it even means. Some archaeology courses are now, apparently, prefaced with a trigger warning, in case the students might get “triggered” by the sight of bones. In their archaeology class.
PTSD is not uncommon among military veterans, and service animals can be a powerful tool in combating the worst of the symptoms, as they are for many other disabilities. Not everybody cares, of course, and some people are more interested in haranguing people with disabilities than empathizing with them.
The video shows a woman in a Delaware restaurant screeching like a harpy at a veteran with a PTSD service dog, as well as seemingly every patron of the restaurant, who, it turns out, are not wildly bigoted against people with disabilities like her.
She went on for about three full minutes, repeatedly stating that it was “gross” or “disgusting” to have an “animal” in the building, though I only see one disgusting animal in this video, and I feel really bad for her companion, who was clearly terrified of her, and obviously wanted to leave. Other patrons seemed to sympathize with his plight, with one person seemingly consoling him, after an exasperated expression of total helplessness in the face of a lunatic.
At least she wasn’t carrying a tiki torch, or someone may have gotten the wrong impression.
Feature Image via CBS Baltimore