People on the street act as if disabled people don’t exist, or they act with absolute contempt.
Yesterday, I was at the St. Pancras cab stand. I had with me two handicapped people. Both are in wheelchairs, had luggage, and one is almost deaf. I was trying to put them in two cabs, because one cab can only hold one chair, and get the address to both cab drivers, load the chairs and the luggage. While this is happening, the landlord of the apartment they’re renting calls me to give me the address and the instructions to get in. I took my phone out to answer the call.
This woman, perfectly normal looking, clean, dressed, and so on, walks up to me and says “May I borrow your phone to text my friend in Portugal? She’d be so happy to hear from me.”
I’m like literally answering my phone. Like wtf. I said to her “I’m sorry, I’m busy wih an important call and I’m trying to get these two into taxis. You’ll have to find someone else.”
She stares at me like “What?” As I answer the phone.
She interrupts me and says “But it will only take a second!”
I’m like…are you fucking kidding me? I asked the landlord to hold on a moment, handed the phone to my deaf friend, and said “Look, you can see I’m busy! You can tell that I am helping two handicapped people into a cab, talking to four people at once, and trying to take a call. You need to go find someone else, and get out of the way of the wheelchair!”
And she looks me straight in the eye, as if the wheelchairs aren’t there, and says, “Ew, I hate your accent. It’s so rude.”
I got up in her face and said “Bitch…I don’t give a good god damn what you think of my accent. You think I’m rude? You’re blocking a fucking wheelchair and endangering the safety of two handicapped people by interfereing with their carer. You need to get the fuck away from me before I call the fucking police.”
She starts shouting at me in Portuguese. And I just shouted right back in English, telling her that she was interfering with the care of handicapped people and that she needed to shut the fuck up. And also how dare she ask for my help and when I tell her no, insult me. She walks around my cab, and asks my driver for his phone. He tells her no. She tells him to drive us into the fucking river.
I called her a fucking asshole.
Like clearly, she was nuts, butim sorry…nobody around us said a fuckig thing. No one asked her to leave us alone.
One time, about a decade ago, I was walking with my blind friend who had a guide dog. All of a sudden, a terrier came out of nowehere and attacked the dog. The dog was trained to not engage, but the terrier bit her throat and tried to hurt her. I reached for the dog. Myblind friend is screaming. The dog tries to bite me. I did the only thing I could. I kicked the dog.
Now I’m not happy about that. I was very careful not to hurt it. I hooked my boot under its body and basically threw it with my leg. It flew like 15 feet and landed, spun around and came racing back toward us, trying to get to the guide dog. I try to keep it away, it bites my jeans and my boots. All of a sudden, this huge fucking guy comes out of nowhere, shouting “you don’t kick my dog”
Well, I’m not sure he knew what he was getting into. I went on a screaming rant the likes of which have never before been seen. I hauled off with all my rage, and made full use of my rude American accent.
“If it attacks a guide dog, I fucking do! You son of a bitch! Take your fucking rat and get the fuck away! This is someone’s eyes, their safety! You should be ashamed!”
Meanwhile my friend is shouting “Where’s the fucking leash? You broke he law! You don’t know how to keep your fucking monster on a leash?!”
Well the whole time he’s trying to push me, shouting “you don’t kick my dog”
And I basically told him if he put his hands on me again, I’d rip out his fucking throat. I look up, and there are two cops right here watching. I point at them and say “I bet they’d like to take that dog away and give it to someone who knows how to take care of it.”
So he starts to walk away.
Now let me explain: we were in a HUGH public square, surrounded by hundreds of people, who cleared a space, and two fucking cops. And not a single god damn person tried to help these two tiny blind girls, defend themself from the dog or his huge owner.
I stood there, looking at all these people staring at us. And I just let loose.
“What the fuck are you staring at? You should be ashamed of yourself! You just stand there and do nothing? You fucking pieces of shit! What god damn cowards you are!”
And as one body, they all just walked on like we weren’t there.
I looked right at those fucking cops and said “You too! Do your god damn job!”
Thats the kind of shit disabled people deal with. And able bodied people have the nerve to call us bitter, suggest we contribute nothing.
Drives me absolutely mad.