Watch: New Jersey Veteran and Service Dog Kicked Out of Restaurant

Watch: New Jersey Veteran and Service Dog Kicked Out of Restaurant

November 30, 2015

Watch: New Jersey Veteran and Service Dog Kicked Out of Restaurant

Army veteran Mike Alcorn and his wife were asked to leave a New Jersey restaurant because of the veteran's service dog. The combat veteran who relies on his German shepherd Atlas to help ease his post-traumatic stress disorder and other physical issues sustained during his service in the Army was embarrassed and angry by the treatment he received at the Fortune Cookie restaurant in Medford, New Jersey.

Mike and his wife said that despite Atlas' red service vest, federal ID cards, and the fact Mike cited laws prohibiting businesses from turning away customers with service dogs, an employee insisted dogs were not allowed in their establishment and would not seat them.

 According to a Fox News report, Alcorn had brought his German shepherd Atlas to the restaurant on Thursday, when he was told, “‘if you would like food, you can wait outside,’” he said.

“He was like, ‘Please move aside, because I have a customer coming in.’ And I was like, ‘I’m not a customer?’” And at that point, I was furious,” said Alcorn.

"I was embarrassed," said Mike. The Army veteran knew that a conflict could be a difficult trigger for him. So despite his frustration, he opted to walk out and leave the New Jersey restaurant without a fight.

After Alcorn filed a complaint with police, the restaurant owner apologized for kicking out the veteran and his service dog, saying staff hadn’t fully understood the law.

The Alcorns hope to spread awarness by speaking out about their ordeal at the Fortune Cookie restaurant in New Jersey.

"There are so many reasons why people have service dogs now, that it's important people are aware these are essential," said the Army veteran's wife Meg Alcorn.

"Atlas means the world to me," said Mike. "He's with me everywhere I go. If I start feeling uncomfortable or start feeling like something bad might happen, I touch down to him and know I'm not alone ... It takes away that feeling of nobody understanding. He's not judgemental. I can be in emotional crisis, I can feel bad about stuff, but he doesn't judge."

Army Veteran and Service Dog Kicked Out of New Jersey Restaurant

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3 Responses

Guy Huston
Guy Huston

February 22, 2016

Well all Burlington County residents should boycott that unfit restaurant and let their pocketbook ache especially at this time of year! Don’t just think about it, DO IT!

Carol
Carol

February 22, 2016

I’m worth you. Have been to Medford a few tomes but haven’t eaten there in years

Evelyn Horton
Evelyn Horton

February 22, 2016

I would never set foot in that restaurant!

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