SO…I’M STROLLING down the produce aisle at HyVee in Faribault this afternoon, romaine lettuce dropped in my shopping cart, aiming for the tofu, when I spot the dogs. Two smallish white dogs nestled on a plaid bed inside a white-haired woman’s shopping cart.
I may have stood there for a moment with my mouth agape. I wanted to say something like, “Lady, what are you doing with your dogs in a grocery store?”
But, to be honest, I was so stunned that I weaved around her and continued on my way, all the while wondering why anyone, except those who have service dogs, would think it alright to bring these obviously pampered pets into a grocery store.
Is this even legal in Minnesota? I would think not for a variety of reasons, the first being health concerns.
I would not want to be the next customer placing my food in that cart.
I suppose, in hindsight, I should have tracked down a manager and registered my concern.
But I didn’t.
Am I wrong? Is it OK to bring a non-service dog into a grocery store?
I once saw a woman shopping in a women’s clothing store with a dog tucked in the crook of her arm. I was appalled then. But this, this grocery store sighting tops even that.
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