JD Wetherspoon has released a statement banning dogs in all of its pubs across the UK.
Wetherspoon, founded by Tim Martin and has almost one thousand pubs in the UK, has strictly enforced the policy of no-dogs rule which will be officially set effective this 10th of September. There will be no dogs sighted in any of its branches all over the country.
‘Please note that Wetherspoon has a policy of not allowing dogs in its pubs, including all outside areas.’ (Assistance Dogs excluded). This is a policy that was introduced right after the company’s foundation in 1979, although for years there have been a few cases where exceptions were accepted. ‘After much consultation, we will now be strictly enforcing this policy everywhere.’
According to the spokesman of Wetherspoon, Eddied Gershon, dogs were ‘unpredictable’ and can cause too much mess. To resolve such conflicts, they will straighten the previous light-touch policy on pets.
‘Even well-behaved dogs can be unpredictable—every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect,’ Gershon added.
The company also cited hygiene concerns and punters who were afraid of dogs.
‘We welcome a lot of children and families. Younger children, in particular, can be unpredictable around dogs and many are scared,’ the company stated.
Only assistance dogs were excepted by the policy. They will be allowed to stay inside and in beer gardens.
Staff were exhausted
‘We serve a lot of food. Unfortunately, not all owners are diligent over cleaning up dog mess.’
A Wetherspoon employee revealed that the hard-working staff had been exhausted from picking up dog poo.
For the past decades, the chain’s policy is said to have been lenient based on the discretion of branch managers. Wetherspoon’s statement clarifies: ‘After much consultation, we will now be strictly enforcing this policy everywhere.’
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