1/4 On December 21, 2019 my family and I went out to dinner, one of only three times I would see them within the year. Me and my seven family members, along with Henry, walked into the restaurant where we had made reservations. I walked to the hostess stand at which point the woman asked to see an identification card for my service dog, Henry. Behind her a man stood watch. I kindly told her, “I understand why you believe he needs ID but this is my medical alert/response service dog. Under the actual laws that cover service animals I am not required nor given any identification for my dog. I would be happy to show you the website that covers this and answer the questions required by law.” I pulled up the Americans with Disabilities Act page on my cellphone, scrolled to the page “Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA” showed her what information made sense in this case and said, “He is my service dog for a medical condition called POTS. He has both an alert and response to oncoming episodes.” As I got close to the woman to show her that this was in fact a government website she exclaimed, “Okay okay well, Im afraid of dogs and you need ID.” Henry stood by my side the entire time. I politely told her, “Okay well can I speak to your manager?” Low and behold the man standing behind her this whole time was the manager. He came up, arms crossed and said, “You need ID.” I proceeded to do the same song and dance he had just witnessed me do with the hostess, after which he told me “Im allergic to dogs.” Although I can respect someones allergies or fears, it is not a legal reason to deny service. This man would not be working in proximity to my dog nor would the hostess. The man told me he would go make a call and walked away. When he returned he said, “You must have ID.” I told him “I understand many people must come in here with their dogs and ID and its confusing but those IDs are not valid, I could purchase one online this moment if I wanted to. To deny me is illegal. He just lays under the table you won’t even know he’s there” His response? “Everything these days is illegal.” We left.