Yesterday at Greenhill's open to the public held in a public park event, Bark in the Park, a yelling/screaming Greenhill employee, Tuesday Scott prohibited Ellen Kaplan and her registered service dog Marley, entrance. Ellen was with friends, and her "agenda" was to enjoy the day, and expose her friend's autistic son to the event, and the dogs and the fun. Ellen's crime? She was wearing a T-shirt that says No Kill is The Way and Join the No Kill Revolution. Ellen's service dog Marley was prohibited because he was wearing a t-shirt that says "Because the Life of Every Shelter Animal Matters". I understand fully, as some do not, why that particular phrase is so offensive to Greenhill.Ellen was not creating a disturbance, she merely wanted to enjoy the event with her friends, and to wear a t-shirt of her choosing. Ms. Scott didn't politely request that the shirts be covered, in fact, Ms. Scott was anything but polite. She adamantly refused to allow Ellen entrance just because she didn't like what Ellen's shirt said. She continued to loudly berate Ellen, causing Ellen great embarrassment. It is apparent from this outrageous display that Greenhill Humane does not think that the Constitutional right to free speech applies. If they don't like you or what your t-shirt says, they think it is appropriate to make a huge scene, and refuse you entrance to their open to the public event, held in a public park. Ms. Scott's extremely unprofessional behavior and yelling was so over the top, that Ellen's friend had to remove her autistic son from the event. Bullying at its finest.
Dog t-shirt "Because the life of every shelter animal
Here is the t-shirt that Greenhill staff
found so offensive:
employee, Sasha Elliott physically menaced 64 year old advocate, Marti
because she did not like the factual Greenhill information Marti was
handing out to attendees. Greenhill Executive Director just looked on
and did nothing to stop his employees from making a spectacle of
themselves by harassing senior women, one of them disabled with a
registered service dog.
I do not believe, and I am confirming, just because Greenhill had a permit to use the public park space, they can refuse entrance to members of the public, or violate their civil rights. They can ask anyone creating a disturbance to leave, however, the disturbance was caused by Greenhill staff screaming and yelling, not by those of us who they were yelling at. They did not request that those employees causing the disturbance leave the event, as far as I know.