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WHSmith ban on dogs

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On 8 Jan 2018 at 8:01am Lopster wrote:
Have always been able to take the pooch in here - apparently their intolerance started ďages ago now - in the SummerĒ
Sorry if this is old news
Just wanted to get it off my chest
Happy New Year
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 9:22am wanderer wrote:
Stupid .... even more so being a post office
It's not like they serve food or clothing
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 10:03am Nevillman wrote:
It is a shop with narrow aisles and many customers, some of whom do not want to get close to your dog. I am amazed that they have to put this sign up as some dog owners want to take their dogs inside. Not everyone loves your dog or has reason to trust it as you do.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 10:52am Slobber on the books wrote:
I think the shop worker was being polite by telling you ďages ago now", it's so obvious that you can't take a dog into a store that they don't even bother putting up "no dog" signs anymore.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 11:13am Tom wrote:
It's not an intolerance. Why should they clean up after your dog? Why do you feel the necessity to take your dog into the store? You're the inconsiderate one in this situation
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 11:15am The Greek wrote:
Dogs should be left outside in all shops. Pubs fine, shops no.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 12:41pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
There was a "no dogs" sign on W H Smug's window years ago. However, when Sussex Stationers was independent, they positively welcomed dogs and would offer them biscuits and a drink of water.
I wonder if they're still so accommodating now that Smiths' own the company?
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 1:31pm Dogger wrote:
As a dog owner myself, I welcome the ban. The problem is, many dog owners are so far up themselves that they think their dog should be allowed to do anything and go anywhere. Believe it or not, some people donít want dogs constantly sniffing them, slobbering everywhere and jumping up at people. Dog free areas in shopping areas such as the Cliffe is the only sensible answer.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 1:59pm Woof wrote:
Iím a dog owner but in complete agreement with you Dogger. I wouldnít dream of taking my dog into most shops or other confined spaces. There are a few cafes and pubs who make a point of being dog friendly but I would prefer not to get tangled up in your dog lead when Iím queuing up to buy my stamps.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 3:51pm Poochy wrote:
As a dog myself I have to say Iím gutted. Smiths was the highlight of town centre walkies. They had grown to love me in there and I had just mastered the self service checkouts. Still, I think it was the long waiting at Christmas time in that centre aisle that has caused this ultimate crackdown. Twice I had to cock a leg by the hard-backed envelopes such was the delay. Woof.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 4:07pm Nevillman wrote:
I'm not hugely in favour of them in pubs either.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 4:37pm Poochy wrote:
Nevillman...donít even go there... if a friendly d f l ( dog from London ) canít have a quiet shandy in the Snowdrop then Lewes is really, er, going to the humans...
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 5:35pm Clifford wrote:
Nevillman wrote: 'It is a shop with narrow aisles and many customers, some of whom do not want to get close to your dog.'

I assume you include guide dogs for the blind in that 'do not want to get close to your dog'.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 5:46pm Dogger wrote:
I wondered how long it was going to be before someone played the guide dog card.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 6:34pm Grunge wrote:
I think it's called "virtue signalling".
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 6:47pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
A dog-free area in the Cliffe would make it a bit tricky when owners need to take their dog to the vets.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 7:02pm Nevillman wrote:
Clifford, most people are happy to make an exception for guide dogs. I am too. Sorry I did not make that clear in my original post.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 7:37pm Penny Black wrote:
Dogs were welcome in WH Smith until the Post Office created a counter in there. It was the PO who requested (and enforce) the ban.
Waterstones, Paperchase and British Bookshops remain friendly towards dogs, so purchase non-PO goods in the alternative shops.
As for postage stamps? There's a man who sells discounted stamps at the Tuesday market each week.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 8:10pm Local wrote:
They should also ban the hideous customers that you also don't want anywhere near you, with their smelling, coughing, scratching their private areas and other unpleasant habits.
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On 8 Jan 2018 at 8:12pm Tigger wrote:
Can I take my cat in there?
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On 9 Jan 2018 at 10:59am @pennyblack wrote:
Interesting re Waterstones, the cake shop which sells books. Once witnessed a dog friendly server there giving a dog a wonderful stroke in the shop...and then carrying on serving the cakes without a wash or a care. Fine if you want books, but food buyer beware.
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On 9 Jan 2018 at 10:51pm Alien in town wrote:
I was told this was a dog friendly town. Judging by the comments obviously not! Just another usual blob on the map, the same as everywhere else.
Any happy people out there?


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