I have written before about the blatant discrimination experienced since having Ray.
People will smile at him and ask of his name … they rarely smile at me, and never ask of my name. He gets treats from stores and banks … I never get offered treats. Stores open early for him, and re-open after closing for him. No store has ever done that for me! He can pee and poop pretty much wherever he wants! No comment necessary there!
I thought that I had experienced everything on this topic until a recent walk. We took a typical circuitous route into our downtown area and headed back on a route which would take us past a Tim Horton’s.
Having a dog with severe separation anxiety dictates that we have to eat and drink outside all cafes and restaurants, so we take full advantage of any nice weather. I left Carol outside with Ray, and went in to order our “two decaff coffees with double milk and one plain TimBit please.”
I watched the 1 coffee appear on the screen of the cash register, followed by a 2 x milk; then a repeat of the order, and then 1 plain Timbit. Everything was as expected but then the sales lady said “Is the TimBit for your dog?” I said yes!
When she said how much the order was, I happened to glance again at the cash register screen and the TimBit had disappeared. I am a very honest individual and so drew her attention to the obvious error. Her response, with a lovely smile, was “That’s ok because you said it was for your dog!”
When was the last time Tim Hortons gave you a TimBit at no charge?
I don’t want to be misunderstood here. I really appreciate Tim’s gesture, but I just wish that it was not limited to dogs! Wouldn’t it be good PR to say “…….and would you like a complimentary Boston Cream with your coffee?” Actually, just like Ray, I would be grateful for 1 complimentary plain TimBit!