Below emails sent back and forth between me and Gilesmt:
It's funny how everyone interprets the law as they see fit. We are NOT a public transportation company!!!! We decide whom we'll take reservations from, with or without dogs. Read this, it might help you to be more informed when making fruitless threats (I underlined the pertinent information).
"Public transportation is subject to federal and state laws, which vary by state. Public transportation refers to all service involved in the transportation of passengers for hire by means of street railway, elevated railway, subway, underground railroad, motor vehicles, or other means of conveyance generally associated with or developed for mass surface or sub-surface transportation of the public, but does not include any service involved in transportation by taxicab, airport limousine, or industrial bus"
Now the definition from the dictionary (public transportation) : "vehicles for public use: a network of passenger vehicles for use by the public running on set routes, usually at set times and charging set fares"
Another one : "
Main Entry: public transportation
Part of Speech: n
Definition: any form of transportation that charge set fares, run fixed routes, and are available to the public such as buses, subways, ferries, and trains "
As you can see it is pretty obvious we do not run a public transportation company. I do not have cars in any particular route, set times and etc... My company is at 100% prearranged reservations, we do not have a stand at the airport or any resorts, parks and etc...
Now, as I'm not a person whom takes threats very well there is one for you. If my company is in any shape or form hurt by your accusations, if I lose even one client due to your misinformation I'll have you sued for slander; rest assured, I'm not here working non stop to have my company badmouthed by you or anyone else with false accusations!!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: [Name removed by MousePad moderators]
To: Quicksilver Tours & Transportation
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: Quicksilver Transportation Orlando Feedback
Thank you, if I wanted to I could now go and file a suit against you. First you denied me services, then you give me your interpretation of a state law, which you interpret wrong and do not say in full. That would give me all that I need to go and say you are a company that discriminates against persons with disability. Instead I will use your own words to let people make there own decision to boycott your company.
Just to let you know.
Federal law protects service animals and gives them the right to accompany the disabled in public transportation, which you claim to be providing a service to the public in the form of transportation. The ADA law can be found in Section 36.104 of Title 3.
Under the ADA, service dogs must be allowed, with their owners, into any public place or business that serves the public, including, but not limited to, restaurants, taxis, hotels, stores and theaters. In addition, the service dog and owner must be allowed anywhere within the premises that they allow customers or the general public. However, the owner of a business does not have to provide any special accommodations for the service dog, besides allowing it in his business.
If you are not a business that service the general public than I am very sorry but you need to fix all your adds that state that you do serve the general public.
To go further Florida state law states that a service animal can accompany a disabled handler in all public accoomodations and on all puble transportation. No extra charge can be leveled because of the dog's presence. Public accomodations include hotels, restaurants, stores, public buildings. places of resort, amusement, and assemblage, and any other place to which the general public is invited. Public transportation includes traings, buses, airplanes, boats, taxis, and ANY OTHER COMMON CARRIERS OR MODES OF CONVEYANCE OFFERED TO PUBLIC USE.
Violation is a misdermeanor.
Again if you are not providing accommodations to the general public and are only giving service to friends, and you do not have a business licence, or a carrier licence or whatever licence you need to transport the general public (which I will be calling the State of Florida to find out on Monday), than please as soon as possible take down your web sites and stop advertising.
Your argument would be like a resteraunt that is own by a mom and pa would not have to allow the disabled in because they are private, the law does not give you that right just because you are a private owner, they will only allow you out if it causes an undo hardship to you or your business and a trained service animal is not going to cause you any undo hardship.
It is up to you to know the law and make sure you are following it. But I will make sure people know that you discriminate against disabled. And in this case disabled VETS, I will contact Shade of Green to make sure they know. And I will post it on all three boards that I use for Disney information. And I will give them your words if they want proof, your own words.