Seattle artist Paul Castle, guide dog Mr. Maple kicked out of restaurant when worker didn’t believe he was blind

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A unsighted Seattle creator and his guideline canine were kicked retired of a Seattle edifice erstwhile 1 of nan workers accused nan customer of faking his blindness.

Paul Castle, who is legally blind, claimed he entered nan unnamed eatery pinch his work dog, Mr. Maple, but was instantly met by nan wary worker.

“I walked successful pinch my guideline dog, Mr. Maple, and instantly personification rushed up to maine and said ‘no pets allowed, only work dogs,'” Castle said successful a TikTok station connected May 7.

“I said ‘It’s ok, he’s a work dog.'” nan writer said. “He looked astatine me, he looked astatine Maple, he said ’emotional support dog?'”

Paul Castle claims he and his work dog, Mr. Maple, were kicked retired of a Seattle edifice earlier this month, erstwhile a worker didn’t judge he was blind. KING5

According to WAFB, Castle has little than 10 percent of his vision.

He insisted that Mr. Maple was a “guide canine for nan blind” earlier showing disconnected nan pooch’s designated harness to nan worker.

Castle told nan worker he was blind, but nan man wasn’t buying nan artist’s story.

“‘You don’t look blind,” nan man stated earlier Castle explained that “a batch of group successful nan unsighted organization still person immoderate functional vision.”

“You’re looking correct astatine me,” “Yes but it’s for illustration I person a pinhole of vision, it is each I tin see.”

Castle tried to beryllium his canine was a work animal by showing disconnected nan harness Mr. Maple was wearing. @matthewandpaul /TMX / SWNS
Castle told his communicative to nan “Matthew and Paul” TikTok account, which he shares pinch his husband. @matthewandpaul /TMX / SWNS

Castle described his imagination arsenic “sort of for illustration looking done a straw. I person nary peripheral vision, nan remainder of my ocular section is afloat of static.”

“Listen, this isn’t my first rodeo,” nan man reportedly said.

Castle offered to return to nan constitution pinch Mr. Maple’s paperwork, but nan worker threatened to telephone nan constabulary if they stepped “foot backmost successful this restaurant.”

Castle and his hubby Matthew tally nan “Matthew and Paul” TikTok account, which has garnered complete 2.1 cardinal followers, and was created to springiness viewers an wrong look astatine nan lives of unsighted group while besides spreading consciousness astir blindness.

“I was speechless, I was shaking,” Castle told nan outlet. “I was really upset and disappointed.”

Castle described his imagination arsenic “sort of for illustration looking done a straw. I person nary peripheral vision, nan remainder of my ocular section is afloat of static.” KING5

“When I brushwood a business for illustration this wherever I’m afloat rejected not only for my dog, but because my ain disablement wasn’t believed, it makes maine really sad connected apical of each nan struggles that I already benignant of woody with,” Castle said.

Federal rule prohibits backstage businesses that supply equipment aliases services from discriminating against individuals pinch disabilities including those that request work animals.

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The extremity of Title III of nan Americans pinch Disabilities Act is to guarantee that group pinch disabilities person adjacent entree to equipment and services.

The rule besides disallows businesses from asking for documentation, and animals do not person to deterioration a vest aliases harness that indicates they are trained for a circumstantial service.

According to nan ADA, To thief abstracted work animals from pets, a business whitethorn inquire 2 questions erstwhile a personification pinch an animal enters a spot of nationalist accommodation:

  1. Is nan animal required because of a disability?
  2. What activity aliases task has nan animal been trained to perform?
Castle, who is not taking immoderate ineligible action, didn’t sanction nan edifice wherever he was thrown out, because he doesn’t want them to look backlash. Paul Castle

Castle, who is not taking immoderate ineligible action, didn’t sanction nan edifice wherever he was thrown out, because he doesn’t want them to look backlash.

He says he shared his acquisition for acquisition purposes and, aft his video went viral, reached retired to nan edifice wherever he talked to nan head who was sincerely apologetic and promised to amended train nan employees.


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