Mcdonald’s Manager attacks Mother of Autistic Twins

A Georgia mother took her autistic twins to McDonald’s. She also took their service dog and an off duty McDonald’s manager confronted her. She asked her if the children were blind. When the mother said no the manager told her dogs were not allowed in the restaurant. The mother offered proof that she was allowed to have the animal inside the restaurant but the manager persisted and the situation deteriorated to the point that the manager struck the mother. The McDonald worker Tiffany Allen has since been fired and the trial is pending, but my question is when did it become common for women to engage in fisticuffs? Last night I was watching Basketball Wives LA (which really should be called Basketball former girlfriends, baby mamas, a wannabees) and there was discussion of a fight that had taken place on a previous episode. the interesting thing about the conversation is the women were attacking the one woman who was not involved in the incident. The women were fighting around her and she refused to get involved and somehow she was the villian. We teach our children not to hit each other but so many women lately feel they have to solve conflict by fighting. What fuels this kind of anger? Tell me what you think.

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  • howard williams  On September 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Another large black women, so interested in being bossy and trying to control everything in her little position. But she is too ignorant to know the rules about companion dogs. Her interference in the woman’s life almost cause the little boys to be in harm’s way, when she went after the woman who trying to get her boy.

    • Byron Zinzer  On September 8, 2011 at 4:38 am

      Yeah right her being BLACK has something to do with this! A service dog shouldnt be ASLEEP if it is supposed to be doing service!

      • Nancy in Maine  On September 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

        The service dog — just like Seeing Eye dogs and other types of service animals — is allowed and REQUIRED to be ‘at ease’ during times where constant vigilance isn’t necessary. The family was engaged in eating and supervised play, ergo the dog was in the relaxed mode until called upon. This is no different than when we have dined with blind friends with their guide dogs. When we eat, they are resting under the table until called back into service. When a human worker goes out for coffee or lunch, they aren’t standing at attention looking at their cell phone (or they shouldn’t be…), they are ‘allowed’ to relax while their services aren’t required…still employed, still essential, but not required to be on alert. The dog was doing exactly what it should have been doing, and the manager didn’t insert herself into the situation until the dog was on its feet as the family was attempting to leave the reastaurant.

  • musesofamom  On September 7, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Her size is not the issue here. This is an attitude problem.

    • Byron Zinzer  On September 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

      Attitude she was spot on that was not a service dog a service dog does not sleep on duty while the little punk leaps over him. He should have been preventing that kid from running away instead of sleeping!

  • Holly Westmeire  On September 8, 2011 at 4:33 am

    she can’t even control the kids, what a joke–service dog? reeeeellly? someone now lost their job because these ignorant entitled jerks wanna “have it there way

  • Byron Zinzer  On September 8, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Service dog my eye! The dog was asleep while the out of control brat was leaping over him! Another example of entitled behavior from white trash! Where is the Autism whisper Jim Carey? Oh right chasing jailbait. Autism is overdiagnosed in the US to coddle kids who cant keep up with other kids in school!

  • Franta  On September 8, 2011 at 6:03 am

    How does race become an issue here? This was a manager trying to maintain the cleanliness of her place of work by confronting a scumbag who is trying to pretend her dog is a service dog, If it was to help the “autistic” twins aka brats why did it not stop the punk jumping over it? Further why was this alleded “service” allowing the other rotten punk to run out of the store? Would that not be the service dog’s job to prevent such an occurence?

  • swandiver  On September 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    First of all, you can tell the video footage in the restaurant is severely edited so we can’t even get the real gist of the story from watching it. And some of these comments about service dogs are clearly being made by people with no experience with them. They are not just for blind people and without any explanation from the mother or the lazy news reporter, we are not told how the dog was helping the two boys. But that totally misses the point. Whether you believe the service dog was for a legitimate reason or not, it was a legal service dog thus able to be in the restaurant.

    Also, not the point, but how in the world can you jump to the conclusion that the kid was “out of control” just because he jumped over the dog? Maybe he was just coming back from throwing out his trash. Or maybe, God forbid, he was running around the freaking PLAY AREA where he was was of all things: playing.

    Sorry to pull a Dragnet here but I just look at the facts:

    Fact #1 – The mother had a legal right to bring that dog anywhere she wanted with her sons. She offered to show a permit, which is a lot more than I would have done to some random woman carrying a baby questioning me.

    Fact #2 – This “manager” was off-duty so it was none of her business to begin with. The professional thing to do if she had so many health concerns would be to bring it to the attention of the manager that is working and let them handle it.

    Fact #3 – While the mother claims the drink throwing was accidental, there is no question that a punch in the face constitutes assault. Not only should she have been fired, but she should be tried on crimminal charges and, if I was the mother, I would file a civil suit to recoup any expenses that come from the incident including the therapy her sons will probally need seeing that.

    This has nothing to do with race, weight, the legitamacy of autism claims, service dog policies or the like. This is simply an example, in the words of Dave Chapelle, of when “Keeping it Real Goes Wrong”.

    • Franta  On September 10, 2011 at 2:58 am

      Falicy#1 How do you actually know that the woman had a legal right? Who told her? How do you know she had documents indicating she had proper authority to bring the dog in?

      Falicy#2 The manager being off duty actually excludes her from being an employee of McDonalds. I would question someone who brought a dog in a place where my children were eating, and Im sorry how can you tell the children were autistic?

      Falicy#3 The mother is on camera throwing the pop at the woman! There is no evidence the mother was ever punched other video online actually shows the mother coming back in to the McDonalds without a scratch and the other woman denies having touched her.

    • Holly Westmeire  On September 10, 2011 at 3:06 am

      Many people in this country obtain handicap placards that allow them to park in those spaces without any legitimate handicap. Doctors are overworked or apathatic and simply sign the forms. Are we as asociety just supposed to shrug our shoulders and say “Oh well, that person just ran out of the car better than many other people who are parking across the parking lot! But they have a ‘legal’ right to do so.” So we just allow it?

  • Franta  On September 9, 2011 at 5:35 am

    So then please PLEASE tell me what function a service dog provides for an autistic child?

    Also there is NO evidence that the manager hit the woman but it is CLEAR the mother threw a pop at the manager.

    It is also clear the “service dog” was draggin the mom around so much so she lost track of her kid.

    PLEASE tell me what function the service dog should provide in a restaraunt for an alleged auistic child? Coz they were running wild.

    You do know that most autistic children are more introverted right? And the behavior exhibited by these kids was not typical of those that have autism.

  • Telly  On September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Functions of a service dog for a child with autism:

    http://autismassistancedog.com/blog/?p=96
    http://www.4pawsforability.org/autismdogs.html

    I’m really surprised you would defend the obviously social and professional ignorance of the former manager.

    While there are several behaviors that help diagnose autism, children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome are as much individuals as neuro-typical children…. so observing them on a video for a moment hardly makes any of us experts on these children’s medical issues.

    • musesofamom  On September 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Telly I don’t know who you are replying to as the author of the blog post I in no way condone the actions of the off duty manager.

    • Telly  On September 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Sorry, I was responding to the commenter before me- Franta. The blog entry was well written in a neutral tone.

      • Nancy in Maine  On September 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

        I totally agree with you on the tone and quality of this article.

  • Franta  On September 10, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Telly, you have not explained to me however what the purpose of the dog served at the restaraunt (I use that term loosely for McDonalds)? The dog was laying there as the kids are running around and later even causes the woman to be dragged away from her brats.

    • Telly  On September 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

      Whether or not the dog was good at its job isn’t the issue here.

  • Byron Zinzer  On September 10, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Telly, I looked at those links and the only reason I can see that that mutt should have been in the restaraunt was to prevent those wild kids from running away….looks like this mongrel was not doing his job!

    • Telly  On September 13, 2011 at 1:44 am

      Again, whether or not the dog was good at its job isn’t the issue here.

  • Franta  On September 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Joni Hudson-Reynolds, we seemed to have moved away from your question. I think that Tiffany Allen was protecting both her children and the diseases they may get eating around an animal (how does anyone know if the dog had propeer shots or hygiene fleas etc) and the integrity of her place of work in which she had some obvious pride in. The mother of the autistic children was the one who apparently from what I see in the video is the aggressor. Mrs Allen responded and from what I have read denies striking the mother. Further surveilance video shows the mother return without any marks. The video does however show clearly the mother THREW the drink at Mrs Allen. No way did the areas the beverage hit Mrs ALlen come from a drink thrown on the floor. It flew all over her head!!!

    • Telly  On September 13, 2011 at 1:41 am

      Evidently the government feels that public health isn’t endangered by the dog being there. The law states that the dog had every right to be there…. which any door-greeter at Wal-Mart could tell you. Ms. Allen either didn’t know the law or didn’t care to follow it.

      Not that I’d throw a soda at someone… but if I did, I wouldn’t be standing in front of the bathroom while the person I was throwing it at was standing between me and the door. It just isn’t logical to think the woman threw her soda. Furthermore, Ms. Allen was the one following the mother through the restaurant and harassing her.

  • Bill Jemas  On September 10, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I for one enjoy a little dog poop with my happy meals!

    • Telly  On September 13, 2011 at 1:43 am

      So…. what’s the difference between going to the home of a friend who has an indoor dog and having dinner with them, and eating at McDonald’s with a service animal?

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