Raymond Matthews, from the Sunshine Coast, won an anti-discrimination lawsuit against his neighbourhood pub when the establishment refused to let him in with his service chihuahua.
Matthews frequently hangs out at the Woombye Pub, which is conveniently located in close proximity to his house.
According to what he shared with 7NEWS, “normally I would go up there for a chicken parmi and a beer, maybe once or twice a week.”
When new management took over the pub in 2017, coo-ee the chihuahua was banned from being allowed anywhere on the premises.
As a result of having to spend the night outside, Matthews told Sunrise that their dog came dangerously close to being hit by a car.
“When I tried to go back inside, I was kicked out, banned for a month, and made to look like the villain by having it implied that I had intimidated other individuals.”
After refusing admittance to Matthews for a period of three years, the Woombye venue prompted him to seek legal action.
He said, “All I wanted was for someone to let me back into the bar,” and that was all he wanted.
Damages in the amount of $8,000 were awarded to Matthews by a tribunal after it was decided that the venue had violated anti-discrimination rules.
Matthews stated that the individuals in question were unaware that there were additional witnesses present who provided testimony.