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McDonalds Manager Assaults Autistic Mom CAUGHT ON TAPE

Service dogs provide invaluable assistance for the disabled. Tiffany Denise Allen doesn't agree, it seems. The Marietta, Ga., McDonald's manager punched guest Jennifer Schwenker, a mom with two autistic sons, for bringing their dog into the restaurant. Allen was off duty at the time Schwenker, her sons and their guide dog visited the restaurant. Allen was caught on surveillance camera, holding a small child, following Schwenker and confronting her. Upon leaving, one of Schwenker boys got separated. The mother dropped her drink on the floor and some spilled on Allen. Allen tossed the baby in someone's arms, dashed out of the restaurant and slugged Schwenker. Allen's behavior is wrong on many levels. First of all, there was obviously no provocation for assault. She endangered Schwenker's children and the child she was holding. It wasn't even Allen's place to address the Schwenker; she was off-duty and at that point, just another customer. Allen should have been cited for harassment also. Allen was wrong even about the original issue. Regardless of what individual restaurant or business policies state, service dogs are legal in all public places. A guide dog does not fall under the same guidelines as other animals. A service dog is at work, providing a necessary service for his disabled person. Without a guide dog, many people can't function in society. Allen may not have realized Schwenker's boys were autistic. Allen may have thought that only visually impaired people use guide dogs. This does not excuse even her heckling Schwenker, let alone assaulting her. As a store manager, she ought to have known the law. I'm a trained special needs teacher, with certification in autism and emotional impairment. Guide dogs greatly help autistic children. Children generally respond well to animals; often better than they do with humans. Autistic children lack internal safety signals, communication and social skills. A guide dog helps autistic children navigate safel

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