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North London Indonesian Restaurant, Jakarta, Refuses Deaf Man’s Hearing Dog

September 16, 2015

A north London restaurant may face legal action after allegedly refusing to allow a profoundly deaf man to bring in his specially-trained hearing dog.

Author Michael Forester, 59, says he was left feeling “worthless” after being “illegally” turned away from Indonesian restaurant Jakarta in Colindale earlier this month.

He arrived with his assistance dog Matt for a meal with his daughter and her partner, but says he was met with horrified looks and told to leave.

   Mr Forester attempted to stand his ground, saying the restaurant was legally obliged to allow the dog in under the Equality Act, but was eventually forced to dine elsewhere.

“I felt worthless, like I was not good enough to eat in this restaurant,” he told the Standard.

“The manager said he wasn’t letting me in and that I didn’t need the dog because I was with two other people.

“I felt about four inches tall when having this conversation in front of all those fellow diners – it’s just not good enough.”

The former businessman, who is working on his first novel, was determined to stand up for the rights of disabled of people and sent the restaurant a formal letter of complaint.

He has vowed to pursue the matter through the courts if he does not receive a satisfactory reply.

“My feeling is it’s my duty on the part of all disabled people not to take it when our rights are ignored,” he said.

Mr Forester was first diagnosed with hearing problems aged 30 and has had spaniel cross Matt for 12 years, thanks to the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The dogs help their owners to get around safely and alert them to crucial sounds they cannot hear, such as fire alarms.

The writer published a book titled If It Wasn’t For That Dog! which details how Matt “changed his life”, helping to bring him “back out into society” after he used to avoid going out due to his deafness.

“He has given me the best 12 years of my life in the time we have been together and I owe him more than I can possibly express,” he said.

The Evening Standard was unable to reach the restaurant for a response.

However, manager Peter Siswoo reportedly told the Brent & Kilburn Times: “There doesn’t seem to be a reason for this.

“He could have left his dog outside so I think he’s being a little bit unreasonable.

“The man had his daughter and her partner there, what could the dog do to help him that they couldn’t?

“There’s no real genuine reason for him to bring the dog into the restaurant and that’s what upset everyone at the time.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2015 9:16 am

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

  2. The Infamous Culex permalink
    September 16, 2015 9:52 am

    Peter Siswoo, the alleged manager of the restaurant, is clearly an idiot; if the dog had been “left outside”, there would have been a very real possibility that the dog would have been stolen.

  3. September 16, 2015 11:15 am

    Sue the owners of the restaurant the manager will be looking for a new job and won’t put that on their CV in case a potential new employer contacts them and they are told the reason he lost the job, so will have to fill in the blank with some bogus job details.

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