Blind man arrested after refusing to remove guide dog from Kamloops, B.C., store

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A late night stop for a coffee in Kamloops, B.C., last month quickly got out of hand when a gas station attendant refused service to a blind man because he had his guide dog in the store.  Ben Fulton, a law student from Ontario, was arrested on June 16 for causing mischief after getting into an argument with a gas station employee over his guide dog, which the employee said was not allowed in the store. “I explained to the clerk that it was a guide dog and by law we were allowed to be in the store,” Fulton told Daybreak Kamloops host Shelley Joyce. “He insisted that his manager had given him very strict instructions that no dogs at all were allowed.” Fulton said the conversation escalated, when the attendant asked if he should call the police.  Blind couple, guide dogs denied service by both Kamloops, B.C., taxi companies Cpl. Jodi Shelkie with the Kamloops RCMP said the attendant told police that when he asked Fulton, his travelling companion and the dog to leave the store, that they became “very verbal and made physical gestures,” which the attendant interpreted as threatening.  Fulton called the RCMP’s comments a “gross misstatement of the fact.” “I was telling the clerk that the dog was a guide dog, so I was being verbal in that I was explaining the situation,” he said. “I held my card out so the clerk could see the card. That’s the only gesture that I can imagine he’s talking about.”  When officers arrived at the gas station, Fulton expected they would tell the gas station employee that the law does allow guide dogs in public places.  Instead, RCMP handcuffed him, put him in the back of a police car and arrested him for causing mischief. “The male was…

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