This service dog bullshit IRKS me to no end! True story.....several months ago, one of my neighbors (with whom I was friends), Carly, moved in an effort to downsize/save money. The apartment building she wanted to move into didn't allow dogs, so she hatched a plan to have her dog, Jack, made a service dog. I laughed, when i heard of it, thinking about the lengths people will go to for an affordable apartment, in a good area (we live in L.A.), and also, "Yeah.....good luck with that!"
Well, within three days, Carly made it happen! She walked up to me, practically crowing -- "It's official, Jack is a service dog! I'll get his vest & tags in a few days." I was stunned and asked,"Who? How? Why?" Her oncologist signed off on it, under the guise of PTSD, as a cancer survivor. To be fair, Carly did have beast cancer, and had a partial mastectomy, about four years four years earlier..... yet, somehow, she'd managed to muddle through her daily life, for four years, without Jack constantly at her side.
I thought, "Okay, good for you -- you got your apartment." But then she just went off, about how awesome this is! Now, she can take Jack EVERYWHERE with ber -- on airplanes, into stores, etc. Her sudden sense of entitlement INFURIATED me, and I told her, "Don't be an asshole, and take advantage of this! You got what you wanted -- an apartment. And whatever you do, don't you DARE bring Jack into my store!" (I'm a manager at a local Trader Joe's). She argued, "Why? He's got a service dog license." I countered, "Because you & I both know this is total bullshit! Jack is no more a service-dog than SHE is! (pointing at our neighbor's dog, rolling around in the grass). And I WILL humiliate you in front of all my co-workers."
It worked. She's never brought Jack into the store, when I've been there....and we also don't really speak to each other anymore. I can't be friends with someone like that, who abuses the system to suit their needs.