Mother elaborates on McDonald’s incident
Jennifer Schwenker has spoken publicly for the first time since she, her autistic twin sons and their service dog, Barkley, were bullied out of a Marietta, Ga., McDonald’s last month.
Schwenker said she was just trying to leave the restaurant when she accidentally spilled some of her drink on the off-duty manager who had ordered them out.
“I accidentally dropped the drink just trying to get out the door frantically,” she told 11Alive News in an exclusive interview Monday.
The drink splashed on several people, including the off duty manager, who followed Schwenker outside and, out of the view of cameras, slapped her, police said.
The manager, Tiffany Denise Allen, 25, was fired and faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges.
Schwenker was having lunch with her twin 8-year-old sons, Ben and Sam, and their autism service dog, Barkley, a Labrador and bloodhound mix who was trained at “4 Paws for Ability”, of Xenia, Ohio, when the off-duty manager insisted the dog had to leave the restaurant.
“Most of the time people don’t understand about autism dogs and what they do,” Schwenker said.
She said Barkley joined their family two years ago, and helps calm her sons, as well as keep track of them.
As a result of her McDonald’s experience, Schwenker has created a web site called “Animals in Service for Children” and is using it to tell her family’s stories and those of others that may have had similar problems.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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