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Last night, I took Lilly for a later night run to K-Mart.  We needed to pick up diapers and what not necessities.  So Lilly's doing what she does best (drawing unnecessary attention to us by looking cute) and ppl are stopping me to ask me what kind of dog she is and such when I decide to escape and make a beeline for the register (I get ppl overload and feel the need to escape...very difficult to deal with ppl when you're hearing impaired and they won't SHUT UP!!!!).  

So we get to the register when some idiot guy asked me if she bites.  I didn't hear him so he gets more snotty and yells at me, "If that dog bites me I'm gonna sue you for every penny I can get out of your Haolie a**!"

Now...I'm a pretty patient person and I have a reasonable tolerance level for stupidity, but this was way beyond all of my "normal" tolerance levels.  

I politely told him that Lilly is a service dog and that service dogs are chosen for their temperament and disposition with ppl and other animals and that she DOES NOT BITE!!!  

He again yells, "I don't care what you say...If she bites me or growls at me, I'm sueing you!"  

This is when it dawns on me that his behavior is kinda irregular and that he is moving in a manner (directed at Lilly and/or both of us...ie: lunging [small kine], raised voice at me, jerky arm movements at both of us) that is aggressive.  Almost like he was trying to set her off (the only thing he was doing was setting me off and setting me off is WAY more dangerous).  

Being that he was about three feet in front of us and I had to pass him to get to my register of choice (where a girl I know was working the register and waiting on us) I had to pass him to get to this register.  

So I put Lilly into a heel on my right and we pass him on his right side.  Know what that wacky bas**** does to my girl?  He whacks her on her bum.  The "crack" was hard enough for me to hear the pop noise it made and Lilly dam* near killed me when she startled.  OMG...Thank G*d the manager (a friend and former client) was right there!!!!!  He called security and the police and explained to the guy that harrasing a disbled person and a service dog is a FEDERAL offense and that the police had been called and that a report would be made and that he knew me well enough to know that I would file charges.  OMG...Guy bolted (he was unrestrained) out the front door.  It took the police three more minutes before they got there (freaking slow pokes!!!)  I still filed a report and several ppl acted as witnesses on our behalf (everybody knows Lilly and LOVES her and knows she wouldn't bite...even if/when provoked), but I doubt anything will be done.  I really doubt he'll be going to that K-Mart again though.

This was a true test of Lilly's nature and training and aside from her startling (I can't blame her for that) she passed the "test" with flying colors...

That guy is lucky I didn't kill him though!!!  He better pray I don't see him in public again though!  I'll kick his whacky cracky butt!!!!!

Sry for the book, but I needed to vent!!!
 

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Your story is a great example of why service dogs need federal protection.  I'm so sorry that it happened to you and Lilly, as neither one of you deserve to be harrassed by an idiot like that who was undoubtedly trying to get bit so he could sue you.  Thank goodness the store people came to your aid.  It's a terrible thing to have happen to you and I'm just glad neither you or Lilly were hurt.  I do wish she had removed his back pockets on his way out the door though.
 

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I'm so sorry you had this expierence and good job Lilly for not surrendering to an idiot like him. I'm sure I can speak for all that she is not only beautiful but obviously a great dog. Some people.......I've been bit by dogs in the past and still would never act like that. If he was worried he should have left right away.
 

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I'm telling you though...I'm WAY more dangerous than she is!!!!!  

LOL Kate!  If only she had even one mean bone in her body, I mayhave encouraged her to snack on his back pockets.  She was justreally confused as to why he hit her.  She's had kids pull "drive by's" on her and it doesn't faze her a bit.  I'm just hoping this doesn't put her in a place where I have to retrain her to accept strange men again.
 

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That kind of thing really pisses me off...   good for lilly for passing and you for doing the right thing!
 

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This is why I hate people in general and like specific people.  Good job on both of you for having restraint.  I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to keep my hands off that guy had he done that to my pup.
 

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Logan~~  I think he was hoping to provoke her into biting him so he could sue!!!  Thank G*d she's so mellow!  She just looked at him like...WTF!!!
 

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Oh my god! What a complete idiot! People like that just make my blood boil! Lets face it, not all dogs would have been such a good girl like Lilly, imagine what could have happened?! I don't blame you for having to vent!!! I hope you're both ok though.

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What a JERK - can't even begin to say what other names come to mind :twisted: I'm really impressed with the self-control of both of you, can't imagine someone laying violent hands on Donner and my reaction. I totally agree with you, he was trying to provoke a public incident and then sue. Hope he's caught really soon. Just curious what would the penalty be for attacking a service dog?Hope it's a law with some real "teeth" to it!
 

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Harrassing, injuring or stealing a S.D. is a Federal offense that carries a penalty of $50,000.00 fine and/or jail time.
 

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dear god liz!! that guy was insane-how stupid of a thing to do. I wish he the manager wouldnt have said anything about the police and that way he would have been caught!! what an a$$!!
 

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Due to security cameras seeing it, is there any way of the police finding this guy? I'd love to see him pay out, AND go to jail for the way he acted.

I'm glad it was by the register. That's the most taped area of any store.
Teach this guy a lesson!
 

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No doubt the idiot was trying to provoke Lilly and he didn't succeed..Such a good girl she is.... :) Hoping that this incident doesn't set her back any Liz...Give that sweetheart a big hug for me....Let's hope that the guy is found, but I seriously doubt it.
 

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wow that makes me sick....what an idiot. So glad Lily did the right thing....although she should bit him in the A##. So sorry for your bad experience.
 

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I'm so sorry that happened Liz. What an idiot that guy is. It makes me so angry that someone would violently hit an animal to try to get sued! What a psychopath. Of course Lilly was startled, poor girl. I hope it doesn't set you back any in her training. (((hugs))) to you both.

And good job for holding back on bustin' a cap on his a&$!!!
 

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That's terrible!  You restrained yourself very politely..much more than I could have done!  These are our babies...he certainly wouldn't get away with hitting a child like that!  Some people are just so stupid.  Surely, like someone else said, the security cameras caught him.  He deserves to pay at the minimum a fine.  That ignorant jacka--
 

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im truely sorry that you had to go through that! what a [email protected]@hole!what a wonderful dog you have she knows better than to let a piece of crap get to her. Keep your head up he's not worth the time to even upset you - he'll get whats coming to him! We would all like a crack at him!
 
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