Working sure does open my eyes to the behavior of people. Whether we’re busy or not something always comes along to amaze me. The things people will do for free food samples will make your jaw drop. Most of the time, we’re too busy to think a lot about this behavior at the time. And luckily, there are some very nice people out there, but there’s also some that show just how bad humans can be.
However, I’m not going there in this post. I have a question for all of you about service animals. Do any of you know if service dogs eat on the job? I’ll explain below.
Lately, I’ve noticed an influx of people with service dogs in the store over the last couple of months. I think service animals are great and do great work for impaired individuals, but I have a lot of doubts if all of these animals are really service dogs. I think anyone can go into a pet store (such as Petco and Petsmart) and buy a service vest for a dog. My issue is that these people come into the store with the “service animal” on a leash and they eat, and feed the dog as well, while standing in the store with other shoppers also partaking of the free samples.
A very heated argument took place last week over this issue between a shopper and an older man with his “service dog.” Now this older man is in the store all the time eating free samples and feeding his dog in the isle beside/or in front of our food carts. Management had to intervene as the argument escalated between the two men as they made their way down the isle. They stopped right in front of six of us with samples so there were a lot of witnesses to this incident along with the other shoppers in the store. The man confronting the person with the dog was so red with the veins bulging in his neck that we thought he’d have a heart attack.
None of us needed that bit of excitement happening right there.
I think that there should be a way to check this type of situation. Only real service animals should be allowed to come in the store. I hope a way to remedy this will be implemented soon.
Once the men were taken upfront to cool off, the gal beside me told me about an incident that happened a few years ago with a man and his service animal. The dog was allowed to wander under the gal’s sample table eating up any crumbs that had fallen and then it lifted its leg and peed on her cart. She had to shut down and take everything to the back and sanitize all the equipment and throw away the food. I don’t think a service dog would do this.
There are never too many dull moments in the food sample business. Any thoughts anyone?