U.S. Army veteran Ernest Walker wrongfully had a free meal taken away from him by a manager at Chili’s Grill & Bar in Cedar Hill, TX. Walker was enjoying a free meal that was being offered to all veterans as part of a promotion on Veterans Day with his service dog, Barack. An overzealous manager approached Walker and called the legitimacy of his service and service dog into question.
Walker told reporters that his dog has all the necessary certified tags and the iconic red service vest that all service dogs must wear. He claims he was wrongfully harassed and took a video of the incident with his cell phone. The interaction can be viewed below:
Chili’s offered an official apology to Walker and suspended the manager of that location. This wasn’t the end of the incident. Walker spoke publicly about the incident and has been receiving several threats since coming out.
Walker’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told NBC 5 that he is now being harassed by anonymous callers. He has received several calls from blocked and anonymous numbers. The callers have threatened Walker and told him that they “know where he lives.” He has been berated online via social media pages and has even received strange, poorly marked, packages in the mail.
Merritt told reporters that Walker has become so fearful of being attacked that he was moved out of his home as a precautionary measure.