NEW JERSEY: Disabled Army veteran thrown out of Subway restaurant by Muslim manager because he had a service dog with him

FEDERAL LAW IS VERY CLEAR: Dogs are recognized as service animals and all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, must allow them in. But a U.S. Army veteran, Richard Hunter, says a Subway restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey owned by Muslims who are notorious dog haters, blatantly ignored the law, and kicked him out because of the dog.


ABC News  (h/t Grant B) The sign on the door seemingly said it all: “Service animals are welcome,” but Hunter claims the Muslim manager, later identified as Mitul Ahmed, a Muslim, said something very different. “I may have been holding the door when he first said something. He said, ‘The dog is not allowed in here. Get the dog out of here,'” Hunter said.

“He was clearly identified as a service animal,” Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace said. “He was wearing what he has on right now,” Hunter said. “I said he was a service animal.” “He didn’t care,” Wallace said. “That’s exactly what he said, ‘I don’t care,'” Hunter said. Hunter called the cops who said they couldn’t do anything. He then called the owner. “The owner told me straight up: ‘I can refuse service to anyone I want,'” Hunter said.

Muslim Owner's son, Zaphir Pathan
Muslim Owner’s son, Zaphir Pathan

When Eyewitness News found the manager, Mitul Ahmed, behind the counter he denied everything. “You’re not Mitul Ahmed,” Wallace said. “No, he’s not here,” Ahmed said. Oh, and that sign on the door, suddenly changed. The line about service animals welcome was removed.  The owner’s son, Zaphir Pathan arrived, with a foot-long list of excuses.