A disabled man was on vacation with his girlfriend, and the couple were looking forward to trying out some of the local food. They decided to head to the local mall to see what was on offer, but the man’s disability would soon get in the way and make the couple’s life difficult.
Unfortunately, the man had various health issues. These accumulated to mean he was unable to walk more than 100 feet without help, but thankfully he could still live a relatively normal life if he drove around and minimized walking.
Craving Ethnic Cuisine
During their vacation, the man and his girlfriend had a craving for a particular ethnic cuisine. They jumped in their rental car and headed to the local mall to locate it, and whilst the mall was unfamiliar to the man, he had a general idea of its location.
Choosing the Right Entrance
The girlfriend had researched the mall’s online directory and identified entrance 3 as the one closest to the restaurant. This was a crucial detail to their plan as it facilitated minimal walking.
A Busy Day
However, it soon became apparent that Sunday had not been the best day to choose for a mall visit. It was incredibly busy, and enormous traffic queues trailed out of every car park entrance.
To the couple’s relief, a large parking displayed that parking lot 3 still had available spaces. Even better, they saw a signpost with directions towards it.
When the man attempted to drive into lot 3, he was met with an expectedly terrible traffic jam. The right lane, intended for entering lot 3, was congested, and drivers were reluctant to allow the man to merge due to the enormous queue trailing behind.
Frustration mounted as the man, who had difficulty walking, was left stranded in the left lane. “After waiting a few minutes, my girlfriend got out of the car and talked to some of the other drivers, explaining that I had difficulty walking, so I needed to park at lot 3”, the man explained.
To their dismay, every driver refused to accommodate their requests to cut in line. Instead, they instructed the couple to circle around, effectively sending them to the back of the line. However, this option would involve a lengthy detour, making it difficult for the couple to reach their destination swiftly.
An Unexpected Change of Plans
No one was allowing the man to merge, and the frustration and lack of empathy from fellow drivers led the couple to abandon their plans of dining at the chosen restaurant. They were starving, so they resorted to settling for fast food, the only convenient option available at the time.
The drive had been a miserable experience for the couple: “My girlfriend was in tears over this”, the man explained. “I was annoyed, and wish those drivers had let us cut in line. But then I thought of all the millions of times people deliberately cut in front of me in traffic, so I kind of understand the other drivers thinking NO WAY BUDDY…”
Asking the Internet
The man headed online to tell his story, asking the internet whether he and his girlfriend had been in the wrong for attempting to cut the queue, even though they asked politely and he had health conditions. Unfortunately, his plea for validation was not met kindly: “No cutting in line”, spat one reader. “Everyone else has to wait, and so do you.”
Disability is No Excuse
One reader pointed out that the man’s unfortunate disability had simply nothing to do with this story. “You were just a dude trying to cut the line”, they accused. “Your disability entitles you to a closer parking space, it does NOT entitle you to a shorter ‘wait time’.”
One commenter noted that considering his disability, the man hadn’t prepared for this situation very well. “If you have such issues walking, it’s up to you to have a backup plan like a wheelchair in the boot or something. If it’s a big enough mall they may even have had one available to borrow.”
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