A woman allegedly asked Megan if her daughter could pet her service dog. When told 'no' the woman returned minutes later to confront her about it, and not in a subtle manner!
As of late, a mother has been facing major flak after a video of her blasting at a puppy handler for not enabling her girl to pet a service dog became a web sensation. In the quarrel, Megan Stoff was with a golden retriever, Nala, in a bustling Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shopping mall, when a mother and her young little daughter greeted them.
Inquiring as to whether her girl could pet the in-action dog, Megan and a fellow worker told the mother 'no', as according to them petting a service dog can meddle with its training. Supposedly, only minutes after the fact, in the wake of leaving the lady returned in a fury and started yelling at Megan and her co-workers.
Megan chose to start taping the outburst, and the video has since been seen in excess of four million times. The mother can be heard saying, "That was definitely very rude how she talked to me. Firstly you should have a sign [saying not to touch the dog], and secondly, she should not have said 'no', she could've said 'sorry the dog is in training', that would've been nicer."
Megan advises the lady to leave, and brings up that Nala's vest has the words 'Please do not pet me I'm working' composed on its two sides, alongside 'Do not touch' and 'Do not pet'. She adds that it's illegal to 'harass a service dog,' Communicating her hatred at the way in which she was told 'no', the mother before long understands she's being recorded.
The argument escalates even further when she threatens to call her legal advisor. The mother proceeds, "You are recording without my consent. It's illegal and I'm going to call my lawyer right now," Addressing Pittsburgh Action News 4, Megan said individuals with service dogs manage demands from the general population to pet the pooches, practically on a daily basis.
"They don't know they're not supposed to talk to them and distract them. They think they can go, hi puppy, hi doggy, and get in their face, and that can also distract them even though we've trained them to hopefully ignore that. I guess something else I'd want the public to know is that service dogs are not just for people with physical disabilities or visible disabilities," she said.
"A lot of people have service dogs for things that are not visible such as seizures, diabetes, PTSD," she added. In any case, the lady shown in the video offered an alternate point of view of the incident. In a written statement to the news station, she argues she wasn't outraged by Stoff saying no, she said she chose to stand up to the gathering since some had advised her to 'F**k off', before her two-year-old little girl.
"My daughter, friend and I were walking behind a group of people with dogs. I asked one woman if my daughter could pet her dog, she's responded with No in a rude manner. We accepted the answer of NO and was proceeding to Starbucks line for coffee when my friend and I heard a woman from the group tell us to F*** off" she expressed. The mother further said that since the video became a web sensation, she's gotten a few hate messages on Facebook as well.