Marathon Bombing Survivor Kicked Out Of TJ Maxx Because Of Her Service Dog

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NASHUA, N.H. TJ Maxx is apologizing Friday night after a store manager at its Nashua, N.H., branch told a Boston Marathon bombing survivor that her service dog needed to either be placed in a carriage or leave the store. He’s crucial to my everyday life now,” Sydney Corcoran, 19, told NewsCenter 5’s Liam Martin in an exclusive interview about the ordeal. Corcoran suffered shrapnel wounds in the April 15, 2013, blasts and is now battling post-traumatic stress disorder. She said Koda, her certified service dog, has been a lifeline. “It’s knowing that I have this little support system that’s all my own. He’s my little cheerleader,” she said. “Honestly, I sleep better now. I used to have a really hard time trying to sleep because my mind would always just be going in overdrive.” Sydney’s mother, Celeste, who lost her legs in the attacks, said the difference in her daughter has been immeasurable. “It’s almost like a miracle, what an animal can do for you when you have that bond and that connection,” she told NewsCenter 5 on Friday. So Sydney and Celeste said they were shocked by what happened Thursday at the TJ Maxx on Daniel Webster Highway. “He had on his service dog vest — bright blue, says ‘service dog’ all over it,” Sydney said of Koda, noting that, under federal law, service dogs aren’t even required to wear those vests. “The store manager came over to me and said to me, ‘If you want to keep your dog in the store, you have to put him in the carriage.'” The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that any business must allow service animals in public areas and can only ask the patient if the dog is, indeed, a service dog, and what tasks it performs.



Not that you would expect the store manager of a TJ Maxx in Nashua to be a Mensa candidate, but how stupid do you have to be to do something like this? Even if Celeste wasn’t a marathon survivor, you have to know something like this will make the news. People love dogs and hate discrimination. So if someone says their dog is a service dog just say “whoops, I apologize. Carry on shopping.” In fact, if you ever see someone with a dog in a store just don’t say anything. Either they have a very legitimate reason for the dog or they’re a lunatic with no regard for the rules of society, either way confronting them will not end well for you.