Maj. Diggs Brown served his country for 34 years, including in Afghanistan, and came home with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. However, instead of giving him the respect he deserves, one restaurant decided to kick him out because of his service dog.
Maj. Brown was going to sit down for breakfast at Cochon Volant in Chicago. However, when he walked in, things began to go awry.
“When my service dog and I walked in, the hostess took us to the table, and the young lady named Hannah, she said you can’t have a dog in the restaurant,” Brown told reporters.
“I kept my cool and I said you know it’s the American Disabilities Act. This is my service dog, he can go wherever I go, it’s the law. So I was seated, placed my order then Hannah came over again and said I have to leave. I said it’s my service dog and she said I don’t care, you need to leave, we don’t have dogs in the restaurant.”
Brown was eventually kicked out of Cochon Volant. According to the Chicago Tribune, instead of the salmon eggs Benedict that the former officer had ordered, he ended up having a microwave hot dog and a Pepsi at O’Hare International Airport on his way home.
“I posted to my Facebook page, this is what happened to me and it went viral,” Brown said. “The manager of the restaurant then called me personally and then emailed me apologizing.”
Despite the embarrassment, Brown has stayed positive and forgiving about the experience.
“It’s not my intent to destroy a restaurant, but it is my intent to make them aware that they have violated a law that not only affects veterans with dogs, but other people with disabilities with service laws and that they need to be aware that it’s discrimination,” the veteran told WBBM.
“They’ve stepped up to the plate and they are going to make some changes at the restaurant so I’m happy in my mind that it is resolved,” Brown added.