A disabled army veteran and his service dog received an unexpected and upsetting greeting when they stopped for coffee at a Houston Starbucks over the weekend. Yancy Baer, a U.S. Army veteran, had his left leg amputated after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He attempted to bring his dog, Verbena, into the coffee shop with him when an employee met the two at the door and refused to allow them inside.
Baer, who received Verbena just three-and-a-half months ago through an organization called Canine Companions for Independence, was in Houston to speak about his experience working with a service dog. He attempted to explain to the Starbucks employee -- in front of a shop full of other customers -- that Verbena assists him with a physical disability, to little avail.
"He stated, 'you're not blind,'" Baer told a local ABC affiliate. "It was in your face, loud and bold. I got really nervous. I was shaking because I was being confronted... I explained what all [Verbena] does, and his next comment was, 'Why can't you do that yourself?'"