Judge Orders Shop Manager To Pay For Rejecting Man And Guide
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 19, 2006
FELIXSTOWE, ENGLAND--A judge has ordered the manager of an antique store to pay £1,500 ($2,790 US) damages to a blind man for refusing to allow him and his guide dog into the store.
John Hammond, 61, claimed that when he tried to enter Cobwebs Antique Centre last September, manager Leona Bracey told him he and his guide dog, Ingram, could not come inside.
According to Hammond, Bracey screamed, "You can't see . . . Why do you want to come in here?" then said, "You're not bringing that dog in here."
Hammond sued Bracey for disability discrimination, saying he had suffered "hurt and distress" over the incident.
The court also ordered Bracey to pay £334 ($621 US) in court costs.
"You can't go into my shop . . . You can't see" (The Mirror)
"Payout for blind man abused in shop" (Evening Star)