Saying ‘no’ makes you feel empowered without harming your relationships and it’s really important. It helps you to draw a healthy boundary and makes it clear for other people what to expect from you.

Parents should teach that it’s okay to say no to things. To be in denial of such a necessity will harm their kid’s future.

Some parents freak out when someone says no to their kid. “How dare they say no to my precious kid?” Because if you can’t teach them the meaning of no, someone has to.

It wasn’t surprising at all when a mom went bananas at the market.

Apparently, her kid wanted to pet a service dog even though it clearly said no to pet the dog.

She clearly had the audacity to call the service dog handler ‘rude’.

Probably she needs to check her eyesight.

She asked the handler to put signs on the service dog’s vest. The handler said that there were like 4 signs on it.

Why can’t she say no? It’s her dog, she can do whatever she wants.

You should really read up on that law. It’s a public space.

Well, do you have any response to that lady?

But for what exactly?

This is what Leigh had to say about the whole incident.

I don’t necessarily mind being asked to pet my dog, though usually, I have to tell people no. I don’t really get upset by having to do this unless it’s a particularly stressful day or environment and I’m having trouble doing what I’ve set out to do in the first place.

I’d rather people ask than just lean in and try to grab her, which happens every day… but I don’t always have the energy to explain what she’s doing or why she can’t be petted. I’m autistic and sometimes just can’t speak very efficiently at all so I can’t explain even if I wanted to. I might shake my head no, or indicate in some other short way not to pet her or talk to her, and I just want to have that respected.

People also often take pictures of us without asking and that makes me really super uncomfortable, I don’t want people to do that at all. I guess I just don’t want people to assume I am able to divert my attention to interact with them how they want me to, and that if someone has a service dog in the first place it means they’re disabled and probably having a hard time already. Using judgment about whether it’s appropriate to ask to pet helps (does the dog already have a vest on that says not to pet?

Is it really loud and busy and chaotic of an atmosphere? Does the service dog handler look uncomfortable or distracted?) I have let people pet her, but in really specific situations where I can focus on making sure, I keep her attention and I know I won’t need her to work for me at that moment. – Leigh

Other people joined in and shared their thoughts.

Unfortunately, I feel like people don’t consider me at all when they ask to interact with my service dog the majority of the time. Usually, people just lean in and talk to her or try to pet her without even acknowledging me.

They also often just assume I’m rude instead of something out of my control (like I can’t hear them, which happens a lot in overstimulating environments). I am concerned about people continuing to do these things because it’s really common.-  Ciarán Williamson

Come on! How hard is it to be polite?

Simply adults can’t accept a ‘NO’.

Here’s the whole video of what exactly happened?

From today onwards teach your kids the importance of saying no. Tell them that it doesn’t degrade their reputation in any way. It’s a necessity to maintain cordial relations with other people.