Blind woman ‘refused entry to two London restaurants because of guide dog’

A blind married couple said they were turned away by two restaurants in central London because they arrived with guide dogs.
Siobhan works for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association charity (Pictures: MyLondon/SWNS)
A blind married couple said they were turned away by two restaurants in central London because they arrived with guide dogs . Siobhan Meade, 37, and husband Sean were looking for a nice spot for breakfast in Leicester Square. But they said both Jollibee and Little Italy refused them entry. YouTube vlogger and communications manager for the Guide Dogs charity Siobhan said the experience made her ‘feel like a second class citizen’. Refusing entry to a person with guide dogs is discriminatory and a breach of the Equality Act.

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But her husband said he’d prefer to dine at a different restaurant than have to quote the law to claim his rights.

He tweeted: ‘The moment I’m starting to cite legislation to persuade someone to do what they should be doing, is the moment I’d rather go elsewhere.

‘Way too fatigued with the stuff to bother reporting this one to anyone.’

A woman claims she was told she can?t be a model because, she?s blind and it?s a fast-moving industry, by the same organisation who said they chose her photo out of thousands of submissions. See SWNS story SWOCmodel. Siobhan Meade, 37, said she was led to believe she might have landed her dream job in modelling before being plunged into despair when she mentioned her disability. The crushing news was delivered to Siobhan in a phone call with the New Faces manager of modelling-service Commercial Models on Friday July 23. The manager, Barry Jones, called Siobhan just hours after she sent in her photograph and was keenly arranging to have her in for a photoshoot, she claims.
Siobhan campaigns for blind and partially-sighted people’s rights (Picture: SWNS)
Blind woman refused entry to two London restaurants for having a guide dog
Her videos on YouTube have received nearly 90,000 views and she blogs as Blind Girl Vlogs (Picture: MyLondon)
Siobhan expressed similar sentiments, writing: ‘I’ve just had enough of fighting for my rights.

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‘Going out to eat should be a pleasurable experience not a constant nightmare. Unacceptable treatment.’

They added that they eventually settled on a meal at Steak and Co and enjoyed a ‘really lovely breakfast’.

The restaurant debacle was the second discriminatory experience Siobhan faced in two weeks.

A woman claims she was told she can???t be a model because, she???s blind and it???s a fast-moving industry, by the same organisation who said they chose her photo out of thousands of submissions. See SWNS story SWOCmodel. Siobhan Meade, 37, said she was led to believe she might have landed her dream job in modelling before being plunged into despair when she mentioned her disability. The crushing news was delivered to Siobhan in a phone call with the New Faces manager of modelling-service Commercial Models on Friday July 23. The manager, Barry Jones, called Siobhan just hours after she sent in her photograph and was keenly arranging to have her in for a photoshoot, she claims.
Siobhan says she is ‘passionate about disability awareness’ (Picture: SWNS)

She said she was rejected by a modelling agency for her disability, having been invited for a photoshoot.

Both restaurants have apologised to the couple over the episode.

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A spokesperson for Jollibee said: ‘All our staff are trained on the rules regarding the entry of guide dogs into our stores. However, in light of this coming to our attention, it is clear that we need to revisit this training.

‘Ensuring our customers feel welcomed is one of our key values, so we are disappointed to hear about the incident.’

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