When Garcia went to accompany his girlfriend to the eye doctor, he said he was asked to leave, unable to sit in the waiting room.
Garcia said he wants an apology from the eye doctor, George Alexandrakis.
"I would be unable to sit in the car with my dog, especially since it was over 100 degrees that day," Garcia said. "And, I wasn't about to do that, because he's an extension of myself ... I would just like for them to be more sensitive to the law."
Garcia said generally people are pretty understanding about his disability, and now he just expects the same thing, especially from an eye doctor.
"It was a bit frustrating," he said. "It did get me a little PO'd. But, I got over it."
The couple contacted the Department of Justice and the Independent Living Center of Kern County, where officials heard the story and agreed with them.
"George is a really good advocate for himself," said Olivia Kent of the ILC. "And, I think he's on the right path of educating the community one by one on, people who want to deny him services."
Garcia's girlfriend doesn't want to leave her eye doctor. He's done multiple surgeries on her, and she thinks he does a great job.
Eyewitness News received a statement from Alexandrakis, stating that no patients were denied services. He wrote that some particular breeds of animals create an allergic reaction on himself, which could affect his work, and his primary objective is the well-being of his patients.
We had a great event - Thanks to everyone who came!
CID, in collaboration with the San Mateo Public Library, screened the award-winning documentary, Darius Goes West on Saturday, July 19th at 2pm in the Oak Room of the library.
This film features fifteen-year-old Darius Weems and eleven of his best friends as they set off across America with the ultimate goal of getting Darius’ wheelchair customized on MTV’s Pimp My Ride.
The result is a rarely seen testament to the explosive idealism of today’s youth, as well as a vivid portrayal of adventure, of brotherhood, and of the character and strength it takes to shed light on an uncertain future.
This event was a success and we thank everyone who helped us to put in on.
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