A man with ALS was denied service at a restaurant after waiters thought he was intoxicated

Dan Hare and his wife, Bryanna.

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Dan Hare and his wife, Bryanna.
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  • A Philadelphia man, who has ALS, a nervous system disease that impacts voluntary muscle movement and speech, said he was denied service at a restaurant after servers misunderstood the symptoms of his disease as intoxication.
  • A viral video posted by his wife Bryanna Hare showed the couple confronting the restaurant manager. The video has gathered over 80,000 views since it was posted last Friday.
  • The restaurant’s owner Vittoria Perez told KYW-TV that the Hares had overreacted to the situation, and that the waitstaff were acting cautiously to protect the restaurant if it did turn out that Dan Hare was intoxicated.
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A Philadelphia man, who has ALS, a nervous system disease that impacts voluntary muscle movement and speech, said he was denied service at a restaurant after servers misinterpreted the symptoms of his disease as intoxication.

Dan Hare, 26, went out for drinks with his friends at the restaurant, Las Margaritas, but he said he was denied service by two waiters because of his slurred speech, which was due to his condition and previously did not have any drinks that night.

A viral video posted by his wife, Bryanna Hare, showed the couple confronting the restaurant manager. The video has gathered over 80,000 views since it was posted last Friday.

Dan’s two friends tried to explain his diagnosis to the waiters, Bryanna Hare wrote in the caption, but waitstaff asked for proof of his condition. Since Dan did not have any on him, Bryanna wrote that she had to bring her husband’s medical binder to the restaurant, and that was when the recorded confrontation ensued.

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“You do not treat someone like that who’s handicapped,” Bryanna could be heard saying in the video.

The couple had recently wed in May of this year, KYW-TV reported, and shortly after, Dan was diagnosed with ALS in August.

“It made me feel very helpless and almost, you know, like I didn’t deserve to be out enjoying myself,” Hare told KYW-TV of the encounter.

The restaurant’s owner Vittoria Perez told KYW-TV that the Hares had overreacted to the situation, and that the waitstaff were acting cautiously to protect the restaurant if it did turn out that Dan Hare was intoxicated.

“They were very aggressive,” Perez told KYW-TV. “If anything happens, we’re liable. We apologize if we hurt him in any way feelings wise, because if it was that he really has this disease, I feel bad.”