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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10...im-beliefs.html

Blind man turned away from Indian restaurant after owner says guide dog is against his Muslim beliefs

A blind man was allegedly turned away from an Indian restaurant - because the owner said it was against his Muslim beliefs to allow dogs into his establishment.

Alun Elder-Brown, who was among a party of birthday guests, said he was even threatened with a police call if his guide dog Finn didn’t leave – despite showing an animal permit.

The 51-year-old sales executive is now planning to sue the Kirthon Restaurant in affluent Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

If a court finds they breached the Disability Discrimination Act, bosses could be forced to pay him compensation.

Mr Elder-Brown said today: ‘It was humiliating and degrading, especially as there were a lot of people around me.

'They told me we couldn’t come in because it was against their religious beliefs to have a dog in the restaurant. They then said I could leave Finn tied up outside. I stayed calm but when they said they would call police I left.’

Mr Elder-Brown was celebrating a friend’s birthday on Saturday night with his five-year-old daughter when he was shown the door.

Staff allegedly refused to let them stay even when he showed his Institute of Environmental Health Officers card that certifies he and his dog are allowed into any premises.

He said: ‘It was horrible. It put a dampener on the whole celebration.

‘I don’t want to be a torch-bearer for guide dogs but this sort of behaviour has got to stop.’

He added that he is pursuing legal action under the Disability Discrimination Act, which has made it unlawful since 1996 for restaurants to refuse to serve a disabled person - including blind people with guide dogs.

Chris Dyson, of blind charity Guide Dogs, said: ‘We are extremely disappointed that Alun was refused access to this restaurant. Alun’s guide dog provides him with independence and it is unacceptable if this freedom is removed because of the attitude of service providers. Guide dogs are well-groomed and are trained to sit at their owner’s feet, not climb on seats or bother other customers.’

The brother of Kirthon’s owner, Amenur Abdussamad, confirmed it was against their religious beliefs to allow a dog in the restaurant.

Have the Abdussamads ever heard of takeout/delivery-only restaurants (maybe these aren't as common in UK as in US, but...not exactly unknown there)?

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ZOMG! Such ignorant beliefs. Such intolerance should be severly punished.

and ummmm..... since when are muslims automatically 'brown'? ZOMG ####### YFKM


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ZOMG! Such ignorant beliefs. Such intolerance should be severly punished.

and ummmm..... since when are muslims automatically 'brown'? ZOMG ####### YFKM

Not exactly common that the owner of an Indian restaurant would be of non-Subcontinental origin.

2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Pakistan
Timeline

its the hair carries bacteria and etc. can get into peoples food.


august 2004 I-129 filed (neb)

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waiting for paper transfer and the good word

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FEBRUARY 10th, 2006 VISA RECIEVED!!! They called him In via phone, stamped his passort and sent him on his way!!!

FEB 28th WELCOME HOME>>>POE CHICAGO did not even look at xray, few questions. one hour wait at Poe

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Pakistan
Timeline

Does not animals carry diseases and viruses that can transer and be deadly to humans..Ie aids sars etc.Some scientific backing to those outdatd beliefs.

In UK the browns are the terrorists and or workers..seem to be v much down upon. case in point


august 2004 I-129 filed (neb)

DEC 2004 Approved

interview: SEOUL

MArch 21st , 2005AR for special security clearance,washington

May 18th tranfer case from Seoul to Islammabad

June 21st security clearance done

June 28th online at the embassy in Islamabad

waiting for paper transfer and the good word

OCTOBER 14TH 2005 Interview Number 2: ISLAMABAD, PK

AR number 2 sent to DOS per Islamabad (2 cable request)

Nov 22 okd updated financial and etc proof accepted / embassy waiting for security cables

dec 20th one cable back waiting on 2nd

Jan 17th.. good word recieved. SECURITY CHECKS ALL CLEAR!!! DOS says embassy to contact him within two weeks!!!!!!

FEBRUARY 10th, 2006 VISA RECIEVED!!! They called him In via phone, stamped his passort and sent him on his way!!!

FEB 28th WELCOME HOME>>>POE CHICAGO did not even look at xray, few questions. one hour wait at Poe

march 10th marriage (nikkah at the islamic center)

aug 2006 AOS interview, cond 2 yr GC arrived september

June 2008 applied for removal of conditions on permant residency aka awaiting for 10 yr greencard

Dec 2008 10yr green card approved, no interview.

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its the hair carries bacteria and etc. can get into peoples food.

Wow...

Haven't you ever watched those shows where they have hidden cameras in a kitchen? Worse things happen to your food in the kitchen before you get it than the possibility of a stray dog hair that "can" get into a persons food.

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I really don't think this warrants a lawsuit. It is, afterall, the Muslim's restaurant. If he is willing to sacrifice business for his religion, then the business will be taken elsewhere.
Would be true if he weren't in violation of the country's laws.

He added that he is pursuing legal action under the Disability Discrimination Act, which has made it unlawful since 1996 for restaurants to refuse to serve a disabled person - including blind people with guide dogs.
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2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

2010/03/18 Pras' swear-in

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