A ridiculous mom went ballistic in a mall after she was told that, no, her small child could not pet the service dogs.
The woman’s bizarre meltdown was caught on video.
But she didn’t stop with an angry lecture. She went crying — literally — to mall security.
A woman named ML Leigh, who is decidedly not pictured here, shared a video to Facebook and provided context.
“Had this crazy experience yesterday at the mall,” Leigh’s post begins.
She found herself in a situation “where some lady asked if she could pet the dogs.”
“People ask us all the time,” she laments. “So I just said, ‘no.’”
“All the dogs are working,” she explains. “So it’s my go to answer.”
As it should be.
Service dogs should never be distracted by other people because they have literal jobs to do — sometimes, these jobs are life-saving.
“And they walked away,” Leigh narrates. “No big deal right?”
Leigh reveals: “This lady went out of her way to come back with her child.”
“And,” she writes, this woman proceeded to “yell at us for saying ‘no.'”
Apparently the woman chided her for her answer “and for not saying, ‘nO iM sOrRy ThEy’Re TrAiNiNg.'”
We love that she adopted a Spongebob meme to convey her tone of mockery.
“And,” Leigh writes, the woman insisted that “we should ‘have a sign or something.'”
While that’s an absurd request, Leigh makes it clear that she has already done so.
“You mean the 20 patches on my dog that say don’t pet?” Leigh asks rhetorically.
She then accuses: “Entitlement these days is real.”
There we have to disagree with Leigh. This kind of weirdness has always been around.
It’s just that now we all have cameras an an internet with which to share our different tales of it.
Leigh recorded the encounter, which also included another woman.
“They even got mall security,” Leigh announces.
She marvels at the fact that they contacted security “because we said they couldn’t pet the working dogs.”
“Security said that the lady was crying,” Leigh reveals.
We have to wonder if that woman is always like this, or if she was just at the end of a crazy day.
Regardless of possible explanations, there is no excuse for her behavior.
“So much harassment,” Leigh laments. “For just saying no.”
“This video is public,” she writes. “And is shareable.”
The video ended up going viral.
“There was no common sense here,” she concludes.
Despite a lot of whining about service animals, they serve a vital role.
Some provide comfort for people with sensory issues or PTSD.
(For example, a service dog can help someone distinguish between delusional experiences, unimportant background noises, and emergencies)
Others monitor people for seizures or for blood sugar levels and begin barking if they detect a serious medical problem.
They must never be distracted from doing their jobs.
But even if these weren’t service dogs, if someone says “no,” just go “okay” and keep moving like a normal person, you weirdo.