A woman who was captured on a profanity-laced video expressing anger over a veteran’s service dog in a Delaware restaurant last week spoke out in an interview and claims she was the victim of racism.
Retired US Air National Guard Force Master Sgt. Bill Austin was in town for a family reunion when he visited Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant in Delaware City, but Ciara Miller was also in the establishment at that time.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 1.7 millions times and can be seen below, Miller went on a rant about the gross food, as well as how disgusting it was to have a dog – service animal or not – in a restaurant. But despite backlash, Miller is sticking to her guns and says her reaction was appropriate.
“The dog’s body was about the same height as the table. Basically, the butt was sitting in front of me at the table,” Miller said in an interview, adding that she went off only after she had half a dozen people yelling derogatory racial slurs at her, although no such remarks can be heard on the video.
Nonetheless, Austin and his service dog are protected by Americans with Disabilities Act, and had every right to be in the restaurant.
After the incident, the restaurant released a statement in which it called turn of events “embarrassing,” adding, “It is unfortunate that some of the public are not familiar with federal regulations regarding service animals, which, in fact, do permit service animals into establishments such as grocery stores, public buildings and restaurants, giving aid and comfort to their masters in their time of need.”
[ Fox 29 ]
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