GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In a video posted on Youtube on November 7th, a woman is shopping at the Grants Pass Growers’ Market and has her ADA service dog in a bag by her side. She is being followed Growers’ Market officials as they insist she put the dog on the ground or leave the market. The video goes on to show Grants Pass Police arriving to escort the woman from the market.
Vern Caldwell was a vendor at the Grants Pass Growers’ Market and says this video shows typical behavior by the staff.
“That we know of, that’s the sixth time that’s happened to that specific woman,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell says market officials will go up to a person and confront them and when a reaction is evoked, police are called to have the person removed for a disturbance.
“They choose who they want to be in their market and create confrontation to make sure they have to leave,” said Caldwell
Signs posted around the Growers’ Market say service dogs are welcome. The video shows a man explaining they called the police not for her dog, but for the woman’s attitude.
Caldwell says he attended the growers market members meeting the day after the incident in the video and showed the board the ada laws.
“The response I got from the president of the board was ‘Oh don’t worry, we’ve been doing this for thirty years, we know what we’re doing.’ The response I got from the market manager was ‘Let her sue me’,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell says after that he had enough and closed his booth. He says he won’t be returning until people are treated respectfully.
NewsWatch 12 reached out the Grants Pass Growers’ Market multiple times, however, Growers’ Market officials declined to comment on the incident.
For a link to the full Youtube video click here.