It’s unfortunate how many truly ignorant people exist in this world. If you’ve ever found yourself in an argument with an ignorant person, you know how infuriating it can be. They’ll never admit they’re wrong and they will often make things infinitely worse by spouting off completely false information.
Fortunately, this is 2018 and smartphones exist so that we can capture these ignoramuses in all their glory and mock them mercilessly on the internet. Take this grown-ass woman, for instance, who literally threw a fit after she was told not to pet a service dog. Yes, really.
Service dog handler ML Leigh was enjoying a day at the Pittsburgh mall with her four-legged companion when she was approached by a woman and her daughter who asked to pet Leigh’s dog.
After being told ‘no’ because the dog was a working service animal, the woman proceeded to throw a tantrum. Fortunately, Leigh had her smartphone at the ready.
Had this crazy experience yesterday at the mall where some lady asked if she could pet the dogs. People ask us all the time so I just said, “no.” All the dogs are working so it’s my go to answer. And they walked away. No big deal right? This lady went out of her way to come back with her child and yell at us for saying “no” and for not saying, “nO iM sOrRy ThEy’Re TrAiNiNg.” And we should “have a sign or something.” You mean the 20 patches on my dog that say don’t pet? 🙃 Entitlement these days is real. They even got mall security because we said they couldn’t pet the working dogs. 🙃😂 Security said that the lady was crying 😂 So much harassment for just saying no. This video is public and is shareable. There was no common sense here.
Posted by ML Leigh on Thursday, December 20, 2018
Leigh was on a group outing with some other service dog handlers and couldn’t believe how the woman reacted.
“I’d rather people ask than just lean in and try to grab her, which happens every day… but I don’t always have the energy to explain what she’s doing or why she can’t be petted,” Leigh told Bored Panda.
“I’m autistic and sometimes just can’t speak very efficiently at all so I can’t explain even if I wanted to. I might shake my head no, or indicate in some other short way not to pet her or talk to her, and I just want to have that respected. People also often take pictures of us without asking and that makes me really super uncomfortable, I don’t want people to do that at all.”
And here’s what her followers had to say about the encounter.
At least there are some people with common sense.