So there's this coffee shop within walking distance of our house. This morning we decided to walk the doggies up to the coffee shop and treat ourselves. Now obviously, doggies aren't allowed inside (in less they're service animals and ours are not), so Partner goes in to get our coffees and pastry and I wait outside with the dogs. Well a SS comes along and wants to know why I'm just standing outside with my dogs. I tell her Partner is inside getting our stuff since dogs can't go in. She's carrying a little dog with her (tiny thing) and tells me "Well, my dog goes where I go and they'll just have to deal with it" and in she walks. I loath these people. There have been many times I've had to pop into a store but have the dogs with me, I don't like leaving them tied up outside or in the car for too long (never in the summer, but our winters are very nice), so I usually take them back home. But then in the store I get to see the "My dog doesn't count because I'm carrying him/her" no, your dog counts, it's not a service animal. If I can't take in my dogs, who are small but don't fit in my purse, you can't take in your purse dog.
Anyways SS walks in with dog in hand and goes to the counter, I can see inside the window. I can't hear what's said but she comes out screaming they just lost a customer and she's telling all her friends! And I hear the owner hollar "Good! Keep your friends and their dogs out of my cafe!", which made me laugh. According to Partner the girl on the register saw the dog and said "Oh, what a cute dog, but I'm sorry we can't allow animals in here, in less it's a service animal", the owner jumped in and said "Let me get your order really quickly and I'll bring it outside to you, but she's right we really can't have animals in here", which I think is great customer service. Well SS lost it. She started screaming "My dog is my child! If it were a baby you wouldn't make me go outside!! My dog goes where I go" at which point the owner says "Good, dog goes outside, you go outside!", and the SS responded in a calm rational manner and apologized for her behavior. Just kidding, she called the owner several terrible words, including calling him Hitler (right, mass genocide is the same as not letting a dog into a cafe), telling him he was an "animal hater" and then the parting shot of "I'll tell everyone I know, know about you".
Now here's the real kicker, he loves animals. Has 5 dogs of his own, bakes dog treats to hand out to customers with dogs and if you sit out on the little patio with your dog will bring out a dish of water for the dog. But he will not allow dogs in his cafe because they serve food and it's a hygiene issue. He'll ask you to step outside and he'll bring your order out to you. If you start throwing a fit, he tosses you out.
We love this place.
I could possibly be considered an SS for something similar, but not quite. There's a gas station a few blocks from my house. I like to walk to the convenience store from time to time, and my large dog likes to come with me. Actually, the dog goes and visits the store on his own from time to time as part of his morning rounds. He hangs out at the loading docks at the plant nursery to "keep an eye on things", then wanders to the gas station to get his treats that the owner always gives him, then makes his rounds through the nursery itself and then comes home. Now, before anybody fusses at me for a free roaming dog, he never has to go out on any roads to do this. My house is completely surrounded by the nursery, and the nursery property boarders the gas station property. Both the nursery owner and the gas station owner are fond of the dog because he's big and intimidating and he makes his rounds at times when the potential for bad stuff to happen is high (still dark, but high traffic). Over at the nursery, he gets snarly if the truckers dare to mistreat the women who work the docks and at the gas station he just watches the customers to make sure nobody tries to hurt the employees (who are mostly women). Okay, so my dog is a little protective of women. This is not a bad thing.
Anyway, when I walk up there, he's leashed. When I initially began bringing him along, I'd do my business through the night window, since I didn't want to bring the dog in the store. After some time, the manager told me it was okay to bring him inside, since he's well loved by all the staff and very well behaved. I'm not allowed to take him over to the cafe area, but I can go in and grab my soda and smokes, both of which only require me to walk the three feet from the door to the cashier. Of course I wouldn't dream of bringing him inside if I didn't have express permission, but somebody who didn't know the back story would have no idea about that and could possibly think I was SS.