Monday, April 2, 2012
Assault by Gas Station Owner alleged
A deaf man is suing a gas station owner for threatening him and his service dog. Christopher Cooley was a passenger in his sister's car when they stopped at the gas station in Columbus, Ohio. The owner, Demir Tahiraj, ordered him to leave the store. When Cooley tried to explain to the owner that "Sam" was a guide and not a pet, Cooley aledges Tahiraj screamed and threatened him. Instead of leaving, Cooley showed the service animal papers and proceeded to get coffee. When Tahiraj grabbed him by the collar, Cooley's sister intervened and police were called to the scene.