Wheelchairs are not welcome here!!!!!  

Monday, 28 September 2009

You will not believe what happened to us the other day...actually...sadly, you probably will. We were not allowed in a shop because Deion may have broken something while in his wheelchair...apparently, kids in electric chairs are NOT ALLOWED. Pushable ones, and buggies are okay, but electric chairs are too much of a risk in the breakable goods department.

Okay,I'll tell you what I wanted to break, and it wasn't anything they were selling in the shop!!!

"So let me get this straight?" I asked in something just below roar level! "Disabled people are not allowed in your store."

"Oh yes, of course they are," said 'thick as shit' store assistant, "just not kids in electric chairs!"

Well,I don't need to go on about the small argument that ensued, and there's certainly no need to repeat any of the threats made (who me?)...

But the manager was called, we were assured that it IS NOT store policy to keep out electric chairs, and the 'thick as shit' assistant got it wrong. Apologies were made, I resisted the urge to tell Deion to drive around at top speed like demolition derby and break everything he could (very understanding of us I think!)

And I know what will happen next, we'll get a letter of apology from head office and some store vouchers, I know this, because it happened once before in another store. I don't want the bloody store vouchers, I want to be able to go shopping with my son and not be turned away because he's in a wheelchair...simple...you'd think! The vouchers will be rolled up and returned with a suggestion of where they should put them!

Okay, I know we are moving ahead, and things are improving...but come on...can we get there a bit quicker please, people are being treated like second/third class citizens here! GGRRRRR!

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10 comments: to “ Wheelchairs are not welcome here!!!!!

  • Gloria
    28 September 2009 at 11:29  

    Good going Sally, I know for sure that someone else might have just left and that would have been understandable but not good. So sorry you resisted the urge of letting Deion break that damn store up, what a great post THAT would have been lol!!

    Deion must be so very proud of his mum. . . I know I am. xxXxx

  • Cammie
    28 September 2009 at 13:43  

    methinks Deion could own that store if you pushed it hard enough.

  • Joanie M
    28 September 2009 at 14:34  

    Lady, you are a warrior! I heart you!

  • rachel...
    28 September 2009 at 14:43  

    Good for you for not backing down and insisting the manager be called. But I'd consider sharing the name of that shop, if I were you! ;)

  • Sally's World
    28 September 2009 at 15:44  

    I did want to share the name of the store, but felt that, as it was the assistant and not the store, it should be her I name if anyone.... however, i have told many many people what happened while i was still very angry, so word has got around locally....no damage or vandalism...yet!!! tho xxxx

  • Randi Troxell
    28 September 2009 at 16:47  

    all i can say is i would be so freaking beyond pissed!

  • Maureen@IslandRoar
    28 September 2009 at 20:07  

    One can only hope Karma will take care of that bitchy saleswoman!

  • ~Tom~
    28 September 2009 at 20:31  

    If there is one thing I can not stand in life, it is discrimination. Part of my job involves making sure that public places are accessible to everyone. Including people with special needs. I am quite familiar with the laws. At least as they exist here in the USA. I give you credit for the way you handled it. I am not so sure I could have been as civil.

  • J.J. in L.A.
    29 September 2009 at 04:16  

    I was once told not to go into the clothing section of a major department store because "the racks are too close together". I replied, "That's YOUR problem, not mine" and I went ahead and shopped. Well...browsed. I refuse to shop in a store than gives me sh** for being in a chair.

  • Anonymous
    29 September 2009 at 23:03  

    Wow, that is crazy. I would have blown up too!!!

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