Couple ‘Mock’ Disabled Woman At Disneyland After ‘Using Her Service Dog To Entertain Their Kids’

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A video showing a couple getting into a confrontation with a disabled woman after she asked them to leave her and her service dog alone has gone viral.

The incident took place at Disney California Adventure Park, when the woman states she was having a rest in her wheelchair with her service dog, Sulley, by her side.

Instead of enjoying a nice relaxing break though, the woman was faced with a confrontation when the couple in question kept trying to bring their child closer to the dog in an attempt to get its attention.

In the now viral video, which was posted on Sulley the Service Dog’s Facebook page, the woman can be heard asking the couple to keep their distance and telling us that she’s asked them to leave her alone several times now.

The man can be seen laughing and waving at the camera while his partner holds up a phone of her own and begins filming the disabled woman.

As the woman asks her to ‘back up please,’ she points to her wheelchair and tells her, ‘that’s the reason you’re actually in that seat’.

You can take a look at what happens below:

People have service dogs for all kinds of disabilities. These amazing dogs have spent roughly 2 years of training to guide the blind, sense oncoming seizures and other medical crisis, aid their person out of a dissociative state, alert to sounds their person can’t hear, and so much much more. They are with their person as a much needed and loved medical tool and it can be very frustrating when the public doesn’t respect that. As was the case here….We were sitting with friends near a bathroom in Disney California Adventure taking a much needed break. I wasn’t feeling great to start with. Sulley was tucked alongside my wheelchair. I had noticed this man bringing his child continuously closer to “look at the doggie” and did my best to stave off my anxiety over it. After a few minutes I called Sulley to the other side of my chair in hopes making him less visible would give this man the hint that he was making me very uncomfortable. Instead he simply did his best to maneuver his child into view. He began making kissy noises and other sounds in attempt to gain my service dog’s attention. This is when I couldn’t stay silent anymore. Deliberately distracting a service dog is DANGEROUS. It can cause them to miss vital cues their handler gives for them to alert to their medical conditions. I looked over and politely said “sir, could you please leave us alone? You’re making me really uncomfortable.” He was not pleased. Some choice words were said about how he’s only looking at the dog and I should “get over it.” I again addressed him with “you’re making me uncomfortable and you’re distracting my service dog from his job. Please leave us alone.” His temper grew to the point his poor child ended up crying, which I noted to him. His wife then comes upon the scene, yells at me and begins filming. I told them to leave or I would have security called. After calling for someone to please call security, I took out my own phone to film for safety. Sadly I’ve had people escalate to becoming physical over this in the past. Yes, physical, as in have been physically assaulted over asking to be left alone.I don’t understand how we’ve reached a point where we can’t respect someone who politely says that you’re making them uncomfortable and to just move on. I assure you, your child will be far happier to meet Pluto and Goofy than to merely hawk at my service dog that’s too busy and too well trained to pay any mind to them.Edit to add: WOW I didn’t expect this to blow up like it has! I appreciate all the support and I hope this spreads a little awareness to just leave handlers and their dogs alone or at least respect people’s wishes in general if they find courage to speak up and say something you do is troubling to them. So I messed up the subtitles a bit. I have some auditory issues and their accents made it difficult for me to decipher. Apparently the unknown comment was calling me fat (I’m 5’7 and about 160lbs) and it was famous “on twitter” not “in two years.” Whoops! 😂 sorry about that everyone, I tried!

Posted by Sulley the Service Dog on Thursday, 27 December 2018

The woman wrote in the video’s caption:

I had noticed this man bringing his child continuously closer to ‘look at the doggie’ and did my best to stave off my anxiety over it. After a few minutes I called Sulley to the other side of my chair in hopes making him less visible would give this man the hint that he was making me very uncomfortable.

Instead he simply did his best to maneuver his child into view. He began making kissy noises and other sounds in attempt to gain my service dog’s attention. This is when I couldn’t stay silent anymore.

Deliberately distracting a service dog is DANGEROUS. It can cause them to miss vital cues their handler gives for them to alert to their medical conditions. I looked over and politely said ‘sir, could you please leave us alone? You’re making me really uncomfortable.’

It’s at this point, the woman states, the man became irate and used some ‘choice words’ towards her. She claims the man’s temper got worse until his child ended up crying, which she says she pointed out to him.

The man’s partner then reportedly stepped in, before yelling at the woman and starting to film her. The woman then states she threatened to call security on the couple.

The post continued:

I don’t understand how we’ve reached a point where we can’t respect someone who politely says that you’re making them uncomfortable and to just move on.

I assure you, your child will be far happier to meet Pluto and Goofy than to merely hawk at my service dog that’s too busy and too well trained to pay any mind to them.

Since being posted last Thursday (December 27), the post has gone viral, attracting more than 279K views, 2.1K likes and more than 4K shares at the time of writing (January 3).

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