A Coles shopper has sparked a fiery debate after he shared a snap of a fellow customer with his dog at a checkout.
A Coles shopper has sparked a fiery debate online after he shared a snap of a fellow customer with his dog at a checkout.
The Sydney man, who was shopping at a Coles in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt, was annoyed at the customer for having his dog sit on the checkout bench.
He took a photo and shared it to Facebook, prompting a heated discussion about whether the dog was in fact a companion.
“Coles supermarket. Food type place! Norton Plaza,” he began the post.
“Where your dog (not a companion animal) can jump up on the checkout and rest comfortably while you have your food purchases processed!!”
A Coles spokesperson told news.com.au everyday pets are not allowed in stores.
“Assistance and companion animals are welcome to accompany their owners in our stores if they are clearly identified by a collar, coat or harness,” the spokesperson said.
Coles also responded to the shopper’s post thanking him for his feedback, adding it has forwarded the matter to the “relevant team”.
However, some Facebook users responded to Coles post telling the supermarket giant “not to bother wasting their time” after hitting back at the shopper’s complaint.
“Did the dog tell you it wasn’t a companion animal? What exactly gives you the indication it isn’t? A companion animal can be any breed, not just a stereotypical labrador or alsatian you know,” one person fumed.
“That dog may well be trained to detect epilepsy or diabetic episodes. He’s also probably cleaner and more well trained than some screaming brat.”
Another person demanded it was “definitely a companion dog”.
“Assistance dogs would never be allowed up there by the handler,” they continued, while a third added: “Who knows how many people have touched your food products before it’s even got to the checkout. Dogs probably cleaner.”
The customer clapped back telling Facebook users “Coles’ policy is to allow assistance animals to enter the store if it is clearly identified by a collar, coat or harness”.
“This dog was not identified by any of these,” he said.
However, as the heated debate continued, others chimed in purely declaring their love for dogs and how the act wouldn’t have bothered them.
“I would seriously be hugging that beautiful dog and telling him to stay there as long as he wanted,” one person wrote.
“Yay! It always cheers me up to see a doglet when at the otherwise boring shops!” another added.
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