Del. Woman in Viral Video Ranting About Service Dog in a Restaurant Says Patrons Called Her Racial Slurs

RJ. Wiso via YouTube screenshot
RJ. Wiso via YouTube screenshot

There are always two sides to every story, and when a clip of a video goes viral, you always have to wonder what happened before the cameras started rolling. And in the case of a black woman caught on camera going ballistic over having to eat in a restaurant with a service dog, the woman in question, Ciara Miller, says there’s more to the video than what was captured and posted on the internet.

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In an interview with TMZ, Miller says she was out with her family at Kathy’s Crab House in Delaware when a veteran and his Great Dane service dog walked into the restaurant. Miller says her family sat at a table to eat their meal and the veteran and his dog sat near them. At one point, Miller says, the dog’s butt was in their faces, and that’s when she decided to leave the restaurant.

“I said, ‘Babe, I really can’t eat looking at a dog’s butt.’ We scooted ourselves on the side, and kept getting away from the dog,” Miller said.

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Miller, who was with her husband, who is white, and their daughter decided to leave but was then approached by a white woman who asked if she was leaving the restaurant because of the dog.

“‘The dog has more rights than you do, nigger,’” Miller said the woman yelled.

It was then, Miller says, that she escorted her daughter outside, and when she came back in, seven or eight people surrounded her, yelling slurs. She says that’s when she went off in the restaurant:

Miller says that there was nothing different she could have done after being called the slurs, and that she held herself together the best way she could.

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In my opinion, if Miller’s version of the story is true, her husband should have done more than just stand around looking confused.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).

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DISCUSSION

Im not calling this woman a liar but I have questions. I know when I saw the video a few days ago there was a lot of nasty comments towards her, which is what is making me question the use of racial slurs. Why did she not mention the racial slurs then and just the dog? Of course whomever put out the video could have just not shown that part but it seems odd that you choose to leave because of a dog, claim to come back because they call you a racial slur but then make no mention of a racial slur. Then i know people do some strange things but it seems odd that someone would see strangers leave a restaurant and think yes I must go ask them why they are leaving. Then call them a name for leaving. Wouldnt them leaving be the goal so to speak? so they dont have to eat around black folks? Finally as pointed out in the article, if she was called a racial slur with her husband who happens to be white standing right there, he sure was passive about the whole thing. Again not saying what this woman says couldnt be true, just something is not adding up for me, I have questions and wonder if the nasty comments towards her online influenced her story