Man with Eye Seeing Dog Refused by Doctor
Remember that restaurant owner who went to jail for refusing a customer with an eye seeing dog?
Well, apparently, restaurant entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones who suffer from making bad decisions.
Meet Joe Cichonski.
Joe is legally blind.
In fact, he can only see shapes, sizes, light, and shadows.
Like a lot of people with visual disability, Joe has an eye seeing dog, Hero:
When Joe went to Dr. Priya Punjabi of Bridgetown, PA to get a physical to apply for his social security benefits, guess what the doctor told him.
“No pets are allowed in here”
According to My Fox Philly:
Hero is Cichonski’s guide dog, his best friend, and so much more.
That relationship is protected by federal law. These two are allowed to go anywhere together, including church, hospitals, and doctors’ offices. And yet when they arrived here last week, Cichonski’ said Dr. Punjabi told him, “the dog is not allowed in the office, it is a pet.”
“She came in and told me we had a problem,” Crystal Cichonski said about the incident involving her husband. “She said is that your husband, I said yes. She said well I asked him to leave because no pets are allowed in here.”
“it just floored me. I said you gotta be kidding me!” added Joe Cichonski.
Crystal Cichonski alsohad applied for social security benefits, and needed a doctor’s exam to qualify. But she says when Dr. Punjabi saw Hero in the waiting room, she said there was another problem.
“She said I refuse to examine you, and I’ll call social security. So I just got up and left and went outside.”
In her defense, Dr.Priya Punjabi told the police that she had “dog phobia”.
Yeah, apparently she thinks “phobias” are good enough an excuse for breaking a FEDERAL law.
Here’s the video clip:
Should Dr. Punjabi be exempt from the legal repercussion of breaking a federal law just because she has a “phobia”?
Write your thoughts in the comment box below.
I have a phobia of high medical bills.
I should go to your office, get all the service I want, and LEAVE… and I shouldn’t have to pay OR go to jail because well, high-medical-bill-o-phobia is the number one killer of, well, wallets.