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Former Army Sgt. Robert Price was vacationing in Daytona Beach, Florida when he was turned away and refused a room at the Budget Inn Express after the hotel’s owner learned he had a service dog.
Price suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury after facing bomb attacks for years in the Middle East. He and his service dog, Walker, are inseparable. Walker is vital to Price’s health and well-being.
Although state law prohibits denying the disabled and their service dogs access, the hotel owner Bina Patel claimed to be unaware of the laws.
“Service dog or whatever. Dog is dog,” she told Price, who began recording the exchange with his cell phone after being denied a room.
To add insult to injury, when Price tried to correct the hotel owner and explain the law, it was Patel that called police. Price explained to WFTV – Orlando that Patel’s response felt as if she was calling him a criminal.
“Not only do I take it personal, but I take it as a huge disrespect to all veterans out there,” he said.
When Daytona Police arrived, the escorted Price and Walker to a nearby LaQuinta who welcomed him with opened arms and a generous discount on a room.
Now, prosecutors will decide whether to charge the owner of the Budget Inn Express with a misdemeanor.