Deaf News: Deaf man says he felt “worthless” after London restaurant allegedly refused entry to hearing dog

Posted on September 22, 2015

A deaf man has explained how he felt “worthless” after he was allegedly not allowed to bring his hearing dog into a London restaurant – which is against the law.

The Evening Standard reports: 

A north London restaurant may face legal action after allegedly refusing to allow a profoundly deaf man to bring in his specially-trained hearing dog.

Author Michael Forester, 59, says he was left feeling “worthless” after being “illegally” turned away from Indonesian restaurant Jakarta in Colindale earlier this month.

He arrived with his assistance dog Matt for a meal with his daughter and her partner, but says he was met with horrified looks and told to leave.

Mr Forester attempted to stand his ground, saying the restaurant was legally obliged to allow the dog in under the Equality Act, but was eventually forced to dine elsewhere.

“I felt worthless, like I was not good enough to eat in this restaurant,” he told the Standard.

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