09.04.2009

Shop tells woman to prove her blindness

Shop tells woman to prove her blindness

By Adrian Galbreth

A blind woman has demanded an apology from a shop which would not let her in with her guide dog without further proof of her condition.

The Costcutter shop in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, refused to allow access to the guide dog, the Glasgow Daily Record reported.

Yancy, the dog, was guiding owner Pauline Hart, who was registered blind a decade ago and has only slight sight in her right eye.

She has a cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Manager of the store, who was identified as Mr Ahmed, said there had been a review, but also remarked: "How were we to know if she needed a guide dog or not?"

Elsewhere in Lanarkshire, a blind man and his guide dog are joining footballers and Royal Marines for a trek along the West Highland Way.

The Press and Journal reports how Scott Cunningham is taking his dog Travis on the 95-mile journey to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

by Emily Tait


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