I saw something on Monday at the library. A woman was in there with what looked like her son. He looked to be in his 20s while she was in her 40s or 50s. He was looking for books. She had one of her earbuds in. She had a German Shepherd with her and if you looked at her face you could tell she was blind.
The dog wasn't bothering anyone. It was tucked up beside her, watching things. She had hold of its leash. A woman and her children came into the library. Five is the minimum age for kindergarten here so the two children running around after her had to be younger than that.
The woman took one look at the dog and started yelling about how dangerous it was and how her “babies were in danger”. The blind woman's son came up and told her to shut up, and that the dog was his mother's service animal and had every right to be there.
As soon as he said that, she shut up. And then sent her kids over to meet the dog. Even though the blind woman told the children not to touch him because he was working, they pulled on his ears, shoved their fingers into his face, and pushed up against him. I give him a lot of credit. He didn't snap or bark. But he was clearly uncomfortable, as was the blind woman.
The young man came back and told the children not to touch the dog, that he was a service animal and working. They ran crying back to their mother, who started on a tear again. The library staff forced her out of the library with her getting louder and louder as she went. This did very little to help my anxiety but I was waiting to check out my books and I didn't want to leave them behind.
You know, gods forbid that someone show a little common courtesy. I mean, how difficult her life must be because her children were forbidden from playing with a strange dog who was obviously uncomfortable with the children's ministrations. Getting upset at the young man who was only protecting his mother and her service dog was perfectly rational.
Seriously, where is common courtesy these days?