A man who has a brain injury has struggled to find a job that will allow him to be accompanied by his trusty service dog. What he was told in one job interview left him shocked and in tears.
Owen Lima suffers from a serious brain injury and gets by with some help from his reliable service dog, Blue. His search for a job has been tough, as many employers do not allow dogs in their establishments.
One day, Lima went in for an interview at the Lowe’s home improvement store and brought Blue into the interview with him.
He was nervous that, like every other interviewer so far, he and Blue would be turned down. But the pair got a pleasant surprise.
Lima and Blue were both hired by Lowe’s, with one simple condition: Blue would have to wear a vest to work just like all the other employees.
“It’s so hard to find a job where people can accept me for the way I am and the fact that I have a service dog with me,” Lima told CBS News, through tears.
The store’s manager, Paul Gallo, told Lima upon hiring him, “We don’t care about your past, what you are — we care about what you can do.”
Gallo found the perfect job for Lima and Blue at the home improvement store.
Lima will be a customer service associate, and he and Blue will spend their time on the job greeting customers and managing carts near the entrance of the store in North Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.