Dis­abled bus seat­ing

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Re­cently I was on the Glas­gow bus with my part­ner. An­other pas­sen­ger ex­plained to their com­pan­ion, in a voice loud enough to be heard by ev­ery­one on the bus, that while they are not dis­abled, they like the ex­tra legroom the dis­abled seats en­joy. I was grat­i­fied by the as­ser­tion that if there was any­one on the bus who needed the seats they could ask. The per­son ob­vi­ously did not no­tice as my part­ner limped past us­ing a brightly coloured walk­ing stick, nor no­tice her wait­ing for the other pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark. Once my part­ner stops mov­ing, when she tries to start again she can­not move as quickly as most 70 year olds. I am sure it never oc­curred to this per­son that some­one might have a dis­abil­ity which is not im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble. One con­se­quence of this con­di­tion is a feel­ing of vul­ner­a­bil­ity in sit­u­a­tions which may in­volve con­flict or con­fronta­tion. I am sure this per­son did not hear my part­ner beg­ging me not to ask them to move. The per­son likes ex­tra legroom and did not re­alise that tak­ing the dis­abled seat would con­sign some­one to three or four days of wors­ened chronic pain be­cause she couldn’t move. This was not a self­ish ac­tion, the per­son just did not see a dis­abled per­son. Any­way thanks for the pain and dis­com­fort caused, for the stress cre­ated by de­mand­ing that some­one present them­selves for a judge­ment of whether they de­serve the pre­cious legroom. It is not only chil­dren who can be blindly self­ish. Name and ad­dress sup­plied.

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