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Uber Driver in Legal Trouble After Refusing to Serve Blind People with Service Animals

July 21, 2016

Robert Stigile called the police when he was hit by an Uber driver’s vehicle as the driver left him on the street without picking him up.  Stigile, a blind man, was with several other blind people and their service dogs when he requested an Uber ride.  The driver, Simon Pierre Andre Nau, was requested by Stigile as the latter left Bahama Breeze in Orlando.  Stigile was attempting to get in the vehicle when Nau told him “I don’t take dogs.”  Stigile allegedly responded that his dog was a service animal, which deputies said was obvious particularly in light of his harness, to which Nau responded, “I don’t care,” and started to leave.  Stigile felt the door hit him as Nau moved to leave, and called the police.  Ultimately, Nau was arrested for failing to transport a blind person, a second-degree misdemeanor, as well as battery.  Uber said the alleged conduct was “unacceptable,” and is investigating.

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