Florida Uber Driver Arrested for Allegedly Refusing Ride to Blind Man, Service Dog

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  • An Uber driver near Orlando was arrested after he allegedly refused to give a ride to a blind man who had his service dog with him.

An Uber driver in Florida was arrested after deputies say he refused to transport a group of blind people and their service dogs.

Driver Simon Pierre Andre Nau, 60, was picking up Robert Stigile, who is blind, and other blind people in Stigile's group Monday night in Orlando, according to news outlets citing an arrest report.

When Nau showed up, he told the group, "I don't take dogs," Stigile alleged.

Stigile explained the dogs were service animals and Nau allegedly replied, "I don't care."

Stigile said he was standing in the open door frame and felt the car move forward, striking him.

Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested Nau on charges of failure to transport a blind person with a service dog and battery.

Deputies said Nau laughed about the incident as if he "didn't fully understand that he had broken the law."

It's unclear if Nau has an attorney.

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