Stop discriminating against the Disabled with Service Dogs
  • Petitioning Joni Bennett

This petition will be delivered to:

Director of Marketing for Glynn Place Mall
Joni Bennett
Director of Public Safety, General Manager
A.K Altman, Zach Albright

Stop discriminating against the Disabled with Service Dogs

    1. Angelo Stevens
    2. Petition by

      Angelo Stevens

      Fort Belvoir, VA

It violates the Federal law, and certain state laws. This company has repeatedly lied, and attempted to tell false stories in order to sway public opinion on their side. I have started this petition because its time we as disabled persons make a stand, a united front, and hold the line. We must make persons that violate the law accountable for their actions. Please read this letter from the company.

Ms. Carswell, We, as well as other members of Glynn Place Mall Management, have been made aware of your concerns regarding Service Animals and Service Animals in Training. Let me first assure you that Glynn Place Mall respects all persons with disabilities and makes all reasonable efforts to accommodate them. In addition, Service Animals and their handlers are always welcome at our facility. Glynn Place Mall actively makes every effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 et. Seq., the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and other laws and best practices. GPM wholly supports and sponsors several organizations that assist and work to serve persons with disabilities (along with many other wonderful organizations), and we work to assist them in their missions as we strive to be a partner in the betterment of our community. We actively host community CPR training, sponsor the Wounded Warriors Project (including this weekend’s Wounded Warriors Weekend on Jekyll Island), Shelter Animal Adoption efforts currently taking place, Elder Abuse Awareness, anti-bullying efforts, community health initiatives, and many more local initiatives. We are aware and proud of your son Chris and his service dog Bronx and their accomplishments, and we welcome their continued visits to GPM. In fact, Chris's featured article in a recent publication of The Brunswick News was brought to my attention earlier last week by mall security officers who read it and recognized him as one of the many service dogs we are privileged to meet while performing our duties. The article was proudly displayed in the mall security office. Please understand that no effort was made to discriminate against your son, your organization, nor anyone with disabilities. However, Glynn Place Mall has a responsibility to protect its patrons, visitors, tenants, and others from harm. When organizations ask to utilize our facility for specific purposes other than shopping, we always ensure that no harm should arise from the activity, no matter the extent. To ensure that our patrons and others are protected, we ask these organizations prove their legitimacy and, if warranted, they provide us with a Certificate of Liability Insurance to cover any claims that may arise from the organization’s activities. This is even done in situations when law enforcement agencies and their police service dogs ask to utilize our facility for similar training exercises. Our security officers are taught to recognize persons with injuries, special needs, or disabilities and do what they can to assist them during their visit. They are also trained to assist people in the event of a medical emergency or injury. I (Altman) am a dog handler myself (PSD Skeeter) and am aware of struggles in finding places to train and acclimate them to being around others. Major Robert Putnam, whom you met last night, is a trainer with two decades of experience in training and certifying service dogs. As stated before, Glynn Place Mall actively makes every effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 et. Seq., the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and other laws and best practices. You and your volunteers were politely asked to remove the dogs in training and cease the meeting only because of the fact that security, nor management received a prior request and notification that the organization wished to host a class on our property. GPM requires that any and all training exercises are to be scheduled in advance so as to mitigate any potential risks inherent to the proposed activity on our property. However, we certainly welcome you and your volunteers to utilize our facility for training exercises in the future, provided we receive an advanced request. Current management has allowed GPM to be used as a host facility for many non-profit organizations in an effort to raise funds and awareness for their causes and even space to host meetings and classes, and we certainly extend that invitation to you as well. Our security staff provided the marketing director's information and we sincerely encourage you to reach out and schedule a meeting. Our staff appreciates your patronage and praise your efforts to support persons with disabilities in our community. We also look forward to the possibility of partnering with you in an effort raise awareness and to achieve your annual goals. Sincerely, A. K. Altman, Director of Public Safety Zach Albright, General Manager

 

So not only did they break the law and teach security to Profile people, they admit to it in a response, please look at the general state laws for this area below.

 

West's Code of Georgia Annotated. Title 30. Handicapped Persons. Chapter 4. Rights of Persons with Disabilities. § 30-4-2. Equal accommodations for blind persons, persons with visual or physical disabilities, and deaf persons; use of guide or service dogs (a) Blind persons, persons with visual disabilities, persons with physical disabilities, and deaf persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation and at hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons. (b)(1) Every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, and every physically disabled person and every deaf person shall have the right to be accompanied by a service dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in subsection (a) of this Code section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide or service dog; provided, however, that he or she shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog. In addition, if such totally or partially blind person, physically disabled person, or deaf person is a student at a private or public school in this state, such person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog or service dog subject to liability for damage as provided in the preceding sentence. The guide dog or service dog must be identified as having been trained by a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs. (2) Every person engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being trained as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as such trainer is identified as an agent or employee of a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs. (3) Every person engaged in the raising of a dog for training as a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being raised for training as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as: (A) Such dog is being held on a leash and is under the control of the person raising such dog for an accredited school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs; (B) Such person has on his or her person and available for inspection credentials from the accredited school for which the dog is being raised; and (C) Such dog is wearing a collar, leash, or other appropriate apparel or device that identifies such dog with the accredited school for which such dog is being raised. (c) Every totally or partially blind person operating a vending stand shall have the right to be accompanied by a trained guide dog on the entire premises of his or her vending operation. Laws 1955, p. 155, § 1; Laws 1975, p. 1639, § 1; Laws 1980, p. 1131, § 1; Laws 1991, p. 616, § 1; Laws 1994, p. 1405, § 1; Laws 1995, p. 10, § 30; Laws 1995, p. 1302, § 16; Laws 1998, p. 512, § 1; Laws 2000, p. 1350, § 1; Laws 2007, Act 210, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007. § 30-4-3. Renting, leasing, or purchasing housing accommodations; use of guide or service dogs (a) Blind persons, visually disabled persons, physically disabled persons, and deaf persons shall be entitled to rent, lease, or purchase, as other members of the general public, all housing accommodations offered for rent, lease, or other compensation in this state, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons. (b) Every totally or partially blind person, every physically disabled person, and every deaf person who has a guide dog or service dog or who obtains a guide dog or service dog and every person engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations provided for in this Code section, and he or she shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such guide dog or service dog. However, he or she shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such guide dog or service dog. (c) Nothing in this Code section shall require any person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing real property for compensation to modify his or her property in any way or provide a higher degree of care for a blind, visually disabled, physically disabled, or deaf person than for a person who is not so disabled. Laws 1955, p. 155, § 1; Laws 1975, p. 1639, § 1; Laws 1980, p. 1131, § 1; Laws 1995, p. 1302, § 14; Laws 1996, p. 665, § 2; Laws 1998, p. 512, § 2; Laws 2000, p. 1350, § 1. § 30-4-4. Violations Any person, firm, corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or corporation who denies or interferes with admittance to or enjoyment of the facilities enumerated in this chapter or otherwise interferes with the rights of a totally or partially blind person, physically disabled person, or deaf person or person engaged in the training or raising of a guide dog or service dog as provided by this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000.00, imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both. CREDIT(S) Laws 1955, p. 155, § 2; Laws 1975, p. 1639, § 2; Laws 1980, p. 1131, § 2; Laws 2000, p. 1350, § 1; Laws 2007, Act 210, § 2, eff. July 1, 2007. West's Code of Georgia Annotated. Title 16. Crimes and Offenses. Chapter 11. Offenses Against Public Order and Safety. Article 4. Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices. Part 1. General Provisions. § 16-11-107.1. Harassment of assistance dog; penalties (a) As used in this Code section, the term: (1) "Assistance dog" means a dog that is or has been trained by a licensed or certified person, organization, or agency to perform physical tasks for a physically challenged person. Assistance dogs include guide or leader dogs that guide individuals who are legally blind; hearing dogs that alert individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to specific sounds; and service dogs for individuals with disabilities other than blindness or deafness, which are trained to perform a variety of physical tasks, including, but not limited to, pulling a wheelchair, lending balance support, picking up dropped objects, or providing assistance in a medical crisis. (2) "Harass" means to engage in any conduct directed toward an assistance dog that is knowingly likely to impede or interfere with the assistance dog's performance of its duties or that places the blind, deaf, or physically limited person being served or assisted by the dog in danger of injury. (3) "Notice" means an oral or otherwise communicated warning proscribing the behavior of another person and a request that the person stop the particular behavior. (b) Any person who knowingly and intentionally harasses or attempts to harass an assistance dog, knowing the dog to be an assistance dog, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 90 days or a fine not to exceed $500.00, or both. (c) Any person who has received notice that his or her behavior is interfering with the use of an assistance dog who continues to knowingly and intentionally harass an assistance dog, knowing the dog to be an assistance dog, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 90 days or a fine not to exceed $500.00, or both, provided that any person who is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this subsection shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. (d) Any person who knowingly and intentionally allows his or her dog to harass an assistance dog, knowing the dog to be an assistance dog, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 90 days or a fine not to exceed $500.00, or both, provided that any person who is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this subsection shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. (e) Any person who knowingly and intentionally allows his or her dog to cause death or physical harm to an assistance dog by rendering a part of the assistance dog's body useless or by seriously disfiguring the assistance dog, knowing the dog to be an assistance dog, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. Laws 1996, p. 665, § 1; Laws 2004, Act 722, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004. Title 40. Motor Vehicles and Traffic. Chapter 6. Uniform Rules of the Road. Article 5. Rights and Duties of Pedestrians. § 40-6-94. Blind pedestrian right of way The driver of every vehicle shall yield the right of way to any blind pedestrian who is carrying a walking cane or stick white in color or white tipped with red or who is accompanied by a guide dog. Laws 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 556, § 80; Laws 1974, p. 633, § 1; Laws 1990, p. 2048, § 5. Title 16. Crimes and Offenses. Chapter 12. Offenses Against Public Health and Morals. Article 4. Offenses Against Public Transportation. Part 1. General Provisions. § 16-12-120. Conduct in public transit buses, rapid rail cars, and rapid rail or intermodal bus stations (a) A person who commits or attempts to commit any of the following acts in a public transit bus, a rapid rail car, or a rapid rail station or intermodal bus station shall be guilty of a misdemeanor: (1) Spits, defecates, or urinates; (2) Discards litter, except into receptacles designated for that purpose; (3) Smokes tobacco in any form; (4) Consumes food or beverage or possesses any open food or beverage container, provided that this paragraph shall not apply to resealable beverages in resealable plastic containers, to an operator of a public transit bus at an authorized layover point, or to a person providing food or beverage to any child under age five; provided, further, that nothing in this paragraph shall apply to a rapid rail station or intermodal bus station, unless the public transit system operating such station adopts a policy prohibiting food or beverages in such station; and provided, further, that nothing in this paragraph shall preclude a public transit system operated or funded by a county, municipality, or consolidated government from prohibiting the consumption of any beverage in a public transit bus; (5) Plays any radio; cassette, cartridge, or tape player; or similar device unless such device is connected to an earphone that limits the sound to the hearing of the individual user; (6) Carries or possesses any explosives, acids, other dangerous articles, or live animals, except for the following: (A) A guide dog or service dog as described in Code Section 30-4-2, provided that such guide dog or service dog is accompanied by a physically disabled person, blind person, person with visual disabilities, deaf person, or a person who is responsible for training a guide dog or service dog; and (B) Small pets confined to rigid pet carriers with locks or latches; (7) Obstructs, hinders, interferes with, or otherwise disrupts or disturbs the operation, operator, or passengers of a public transit bus or rapid rail car; (8) Boards any public transit bus through the rear exit door, unless so directed by an employee or agent of the carrier; (9) Remains aboard any public transit bus or rapid rail car after such vehicle has completed its scheduled route and passengers have been advised to exit the vehicle or remains aboard any public transit bus or rapid rail car after having been warned and after such vehicle has entered a garage or other restricted area not open to the public; (10) Enters, exits, or passes through any emergency door of any rapid rail car or public transit bus in the absence of a bona fide emergency; or (11) Enters the operator's cab or driver's seat of any rapid rail car or public transit bus in the absence of a bona fide emergency. (a.1)(1) It shall be unlawful to solicit money or sell goods or services for a fee to the operator or passengers of a public transit bus or rapid rail car within the confines of such vehicle or within the paid areas of any rapid rail station or intermodal bus station without the express permission or grant of a concession by the public transportation authority or carrier. (2) It shall be unlawful to deliver or distribute handbills or flyers of a commercial nature to the operator or passengers of a public transit bus or rapid rail car within the confines of such vehicle or within the paid area of any rapid rail station or intermodal bus station. (3) A person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50.00 and not more than $100.00. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100.00 and not more than $250.00 or by imprisonment for not more than ten days, or both. (b) Employees of a public transportation authority or carrier while at work performing the duties of their employment shall be exempted from the restrictions of paragraphs (8), (9), (10), and (11) of subsection (a) of this Code section. (c) A person convicted of a first offense of violating subsection (a) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $ 50.00 and not more than $ 100.00. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $ 100.00 and not more than $ 250.00 or by imprisonment for not more than ten days, or both. (d) This Code section shall be cumulative to and shall not prohibit the enactment of any other general and local laws, rules, and regulations of state or local authorities or agencies, and local ordinances prohibiting such activities which are more restrictive than this Code section.

To:
Joni Bennett, Director of Marketing for Glynn Place Mall
A.K Altman, Zach Albright, Director of Public Safety, General Manager
Stop discriminating against the Disabled with Service Dogs, stop training to profile those whom are disabled.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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