Social separatism was formerly a thing of the yesteryear, however, it appears that lately it’s been on the ascent, and it has to be eliminated.
Almost all disabled people disqualify for virtually all things these days, so long as they can motivate their fingers they can do anything, if the mind still works enough to motivate the fingers, then screw it, they can’t be that disabled at all.
Every disabled person is different. The same as every able bodied person is different. We are not entirely the same, and if we were, then it would be a fairly goddam boring place, nevertheless, the world is not boring, but some of the people who live on this planet are unpleasant, unsympathetic and disgusting.
It becomes a reprehensible act when someone will not permit another human being on a bus, particularly when that person has a disability, and it does not matter what disability they have, its still shameful that in this day and age that this should be permitted to materialise.
Doug Paulley, 36, from Wetherby, was refused entree to a First Bus to Leeds when a woman with a pushchair declined to move. He won his claim the company had broken the Equality Act in a hearing at Leeds County Court in September.
Mr Paulley set about boarding the bus to call on his parents in Leeds in February 2012.
However, he was told to wait for another bus when a woman with a pushchair declined to move because her baby was asleep, when it’s really well-defined that as soon as she moved the pushchair to get off the bus the child would wake up anyway.
Did she not believe that Mr Paulley was disabled, maybe she had the idea that he was having a day trip out with his wheelchair to make people believe he was disabled, and that they might feel sad for him? In that case should we assume that the lady with the pushchair did not really have a baby in the buggy, and that it was just a figment of our mental imagery so that it would be more easygoing for her to get a seat on the bus.
A judge at Leeds County Court stated First’s policy of requesting but not requiring non-disabled travellers, including those with babies and pushchairs, to vacate the space if it is required by a wheelchair user was in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
Mr Paulley was awarded £5,500 damages.
This calls for legal clarity on what bus drivers are required to do, and it should say in boldface lettering on buses that if a disabled person gets on that bus, that whoever is seated in that space will revoke his/her right to it. Better still, all buses should have a space on either side of the bus, one for a pushchair, and the other for a wheelchair, that way there is no debate, and the bus driver doesn’t have to use his brains, in which clearly on this occasion the bus driver was evidently really befuddled on who had the right of access, and clearly the pushchair won.