Things you should never hit:
- Handicapable people
Children are somewhere on that list, but their ranking is directly correlated with how big of an asshole they are. I’m kidding. Don’t hit kids, either.
An angry elf aboard a Frontier Airlines flights managed to check off all three on the above list when he became enraged that a woman’s service dog “took up more space than [he] felt it deserved”.
Oh yeah. This one is a doozy.
A deaf, pregnant woman and her service dog were punched by a 59-year-old man Friday as a Frontier jet landed in ***** on Friday, the ***** reported.
Police said Timothy Manley was travelling from Colorado Springs, Colo., along with his wife Petrini Manley, 56, and Joshua Manley, 27, all from *****. The wife complained about being allergic to dogs as the plane descended and then taxied to a gate at ***** International Airport. The service dog, a Great Dane, then woke up.
Manley then punched the service dog, Zariel. The dog yelped, shook his head, and hid near a seat, according to the report. Manley told police the service dog “took up more space than [he] felt it deserved.”
The 21-year-old woman and her 30-year-old partner, who is also deaf, tried to yell at Manley, the report indicated. Manley then got into the man’s face and punched the woman, who is about 20 weeks pregnant.
Manley continued his obnoxious, entitled behavior, telling police “It took you all long enough to get here,” after two officers arrived, according to the report. The 30-year-old man tackled Timothy Manley and held him down until police arrived. All people involved in the outburst declined medical treatment, according to the report.
The woman said she plans to prosecute and is willing to testify in court.
Because the altercation happened on a plane, the incident was handed over to the FBI, which is investigating, Michelle Guido, a ***** Police Department spokeswoman, told the *****.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, service dogs are defined as animals individually trained to work or perform tasks for someone with a disability. Under the act, emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals.
Businesses are required to make reasonable accommodations for people with service dogs, the law states.
I have a lot of questions. Maybe this is all just a misunderstanding? Like maybe he swatted at the dog to get him to shut up and then wanted to punch the man, but missed and caught the wife. Maybe they’re not completely deaf and this guy didn’t know. And 20 weeks pregnant isn’t exactly the easiest thing to spot.
With that said, maybe just try not to hit dogs and people in general and this whole situation is avoided, right?
Where did they land?