Are some crimes harmless?
Fraudulent service dog tags, patches, and vests are on the rise in New York City. Many city dwellers buy fake certifications for their dogs so they can take them everywhere. Brett David, a 33 year old New York Resident, with a fake service dog vest and patch says he loves to take his dog to bars and nightclubs to pick up women, reports The New York Post.
One only needs proof from a trainer that a dog can perform certain helpful tasks in order to obtain a legal service dog tag. The city Health Department does not require proof of disability nor does it regulate tags after they are given out.
Distinguishing between real service dog from a fake one can be a lot of work for business owners. Brett David said 90% of the time businesses don’t question him about his dog when he brings it into their business.
Perhaps our society has gotten so politically correct that business owners are afraid to offend people by asking for proof of service dog certification.
The president of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, Toni Eames, who is blind said that people don’t understand the effect their dogs can have on people with real disabilities. She claims that other untrained dogs can antagonize her seeing eye dog.
“People don’t realize that if the dog misbehaves in any way — if it isn’t clean, barks or is overly friendly and jumps on people — that it aggravates other dogs and disrupts the way they do service,” she said.
Scamming a system created for the handicapped is pure selfishness. Additionally, perhaps the city Health Department has regulations against bringing dogs into certain places for good reasons.
Actions that may seem harmless often have unintended consequences.