7-Eleven apologizes to veteran denied entry

The owner of a Parsippany 7-Eleven has apologized to a veteran who was not allowed into the store on Memorial Day because of his service dog. This past Memorial Day, veteran Michael Deitch says he was

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2015, 6:42 AM

Updated 3,247 days ago

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7-Eleven apologizes to veteran denied entry
The owner of a Parsippany 7-Eleven has apologized to a veteran who was not allowed into the store on Memorial Day because of his service dog.
This past Memorial Day, veteran Michael Deitch says he was not allowed into the 7-Eleven on North Beverwyk Road because he had a dog with him. 
Sox, a 7-month-old lab-hound-mix, is federally protected under the American with Disabilities Act. Deitch says he developed PTSD following an incident while working as a police officer during Superstorm Sandy. He says Sox has helped him recover.
"This dog literally saved me, and I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him," he says.
According to Deitch, when he tried to go into the 7-Eleven, he was told dogs are not allowed into the store because it serves food. Deitch claims Sox was wearing his vest that identifies him as a service dog at the time.
The Parsippany 7-Eleven now says it was all a big misunderstanding. The owner of the store has called Deitch to apologize and the manager of the store even met with him to apologize in person.
A spokesperson for 7-Eleven's Corporate Headquarters in Dallas tells News 12 New Jersey that all stores allow service animals inside.


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