Thursday, May 18, 2006

Two Legs Good, One Leg Bad

My partner, Silvia, is currently using crutches as a result of twisting her foot whilst out walking – nothing too serious but she is unable to use her right foot. The injury has given her an insight into how disabled people can sometimes be treated. Going to do some shopping at a ‘well known Spanish department store’ she was faced with swing doors at the entrance that she was unable to open, her hands being occupied with the crutches. She tried repeatedly asking people entering the store to hold the door open for her, only to find that everybody swept past without even looking at her, obviously afraid that she might be asking them for money. Eventually somebody inside the shop opened the door for her but to receive such treatment just because she happened to be supporting herself on crutches was revealing.

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