Monday, October 18, 2010

Chinese Restaurant Owner Bitten By Dogs

A man delivering Chinese take-out menus was mauled Sunday after he went into a fenced in yard marked with BEWARE OF DOGS signs.

The man was pretty severely bitten by the three dogs, requiring surgery.

One of the dogs has died, presumably of stress (one hopes) after being taken away from their owners by police officers.  I can't figure out why all that was necessary, but maybe it's New York law.  I dunno.

The crux of the story is that apparently the man who ignored the posted Beware of Dog signs is Chinese, and does not read English.  His daughter said, "He doesn't understand the concept of trespassing.  He can't read the sign."  So I guess it's both that he can't understand the concept of not going on someone else's property AND that he can't read English.  Either way, I guess he understands the concept of trespassing now.

If you follow the link to the original story, you find a poll asking who do you think is at fault?  The Chinese man for trespassing, the owners of the dogs for owning vicious animals, or both?

Go vote.  And let me know what you think in the comments.

For my part, I voted that I think the Chinese man is at fault.  If someone has a fence around their property, it's probably because they don't want you in it.  You do not unlatch some one's gated property and go onto it.  Sort of common sense.  Also, there was a sign.  It's a shame he couldn't read it, but.  Sorry, we are in America.  We ought not have to have our Beware of Dogs signs in every language known to man.  He's been here for twenty-six years.  That's long enough to learn English.  His fault, entirely.

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