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June 2, 2013

Woman claims discrimination over cab refusal

McDONOUGH — A blind woman is claiming discrimination after a Georgia taxi cab driver refused her a ride because of her guide dog.

Christina Butler says she called a cab company in McDonough for a ride to a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, but she was turned down because of her guide dog named Bailey.

Butler says she was discriminated against because she is blind and needs the animal.

But WSB-TV quotes the owner of Checker Cab Co. in McDonough as saying the woman’s boxer wouldn’t fit in his wife’s BMW, which he was driving that day.

The TV report didn’t use the cab owner’s name, but he says the refusal was a misunderstanding, not discrimination.

By law, service animals are supposed to be allowed most anywhere humans can go.

 

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