For years, Richard Bunce has labored as a station grasp for Horsley Station in East Horsley, Surrey. He assumed this put up solo, however began bringing his canine George in to work about three years in the past.
George was all the time completely behaved, and guests liked to see him there. Then lately, South Western Railway issued a ban on canines at work after studying about him from a secret shopper (who left a glowing assessment of the station).
Bunce defined why he began bringing George to work with him within the first place:
“For some folks, canines are household – that’s what George is to me. I took it upon myself to deliver him into work. I used to be by no means informed I couldn’t, however I didn’t ask both.”
Sadly, this ban leaves Bunce and George with few choices. Even when he might afford to ship his canine to daycare, Bunce’s shift begins at 5:30 am, when most of them are closed. Bunce defined:
“I don’t need to spend the entire day away from him alone in the home and if I used to be to drop him off at a doggy daycare, it’d must be at 5:30am. I don’t assume there’s anyplace close to right here that opens that early.”
Since he can not deliver George with him to work, Bunce will merely have to depart his job on the station.
“I don’t see the issue.”
To Bunce, this resolution to ban George appears very unmotivated. The Wirehaired Pointer is extraordinarily well-behaved, and he supplies Bunce with firm whereas he works alone all day.
“If I used to be to be working at a station that had ten different folks within the workplace I wouldn’t even attempt to deliver him in because it’s not appropriate. I work by myself. I don’t see the issue.”
George’s presence at the station has never been an issue. He doesn’t growl, chew, or soar on anybody, and clients even like to see him. George has a mattress at work the place he spends a lot of the day, and he takes walks earlier than work to expend some vitality.
“He’s within the ticket workplace with me so there’s no fast contact. If they’ll see in, they see him. Some deliver baggage of treats to him. He’s a happy-go-lucky properly behaved canine.”
Followers Of George And Richard Are Outraged
1000’s of locals and followers of Bunce and his canine have expressed their outrage over the South Western Railway’s resolution. There’s even a change.org petition that has over 8,000 signatures. The outline of the petition, penned by Adam Aaronson, notes:
“I can’t make out who’s extra standard on this situation, George or Richard, however the individuals who aren’t making themselves standard are South Western.”
Whereas the neighborhood remains to be hopeful that administration will change their minds, Bunce accepts the truth of his present scenario.
“I emailed my fast supervisor this afternoon – I think about he’s conscious of feedback and the assist – of my intention to come back again in the event that they’re pleased for me to come back again with out the canine short-term.”
If he does return to his put up, although, Bunce will accomplish that provided that George is allowed to affix as properly.
“I’ll do my discover. If I’m allowed to, I’ll stick with it with my canine. I’m genuinely not indignant or bitter, it’s only a scenario that wouldn’t work.”
As many others do, I hope this example ends with Bunce and George getting to remain at Horsley station.