[bactttoma] The wacky headline was gay dog not welcome at restaurant.

  • From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 09:54:21 +1000

Taken from the Adelaide Sunday Mail.

A RESTAURANT in a northwest suburb of Adelaide that refused a blind man entry 
because it thought his guide dog was "gay" was ordered by the Equal Opportunity 
Tribunal to pay him $1500.

The (Adelaide) Sunday Mail said Ian Jolly, 57, was barred from dining at the 
Thai Spice restaurant in May 2009 after a staff member mistook his guide dog 
Nudge for a "gay dog," a tribunal heard this week.

A statement given by restaurant owners Hong Hoa Thi To and Anh Hoang Le said 
one of the restaurant's waiters said that Mr Jolly's partner Ms Chris Lawrence 
stated "she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant."

Mr Jolly and Ms Lawrence were refused entry to the restaurant - which displays 
a "guide dogs welcome" sign - even after providing staff with a guide dogs fact 
card.

At an Equal Opportunity Tribunal conciliation hearing on Friday, the restaurant 
agreed to provide Mr Jolly with a written apology and attend an Equal 
Opportunity education course, in addition to paying him $1500.

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