After a Tragic Accident Left This Teen with A Prosthetic Leg She Kept Getting Harassed on Public Transport, but When This Karen Called a Conductor She Took Petty Revenge

A 16-year-old girl with a prosthetic leg struggles with self-consciousness and judgment from others while riding the train. Here is what she had to say:

She Struggled

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Sarah had always struggled with the aftermath of her accident, which left her with a prosthetic leg. She had adapted well to her new reality, but the self-consciousness she felt about her prosthetic leg never went away. She always wore long trousers to avoid drawing attention to it, and she avoided situations where she might have to reveal her prosthetic.

An Insulting Woman Approached

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One day, while riding the train, Sarah found herself in the seat reserved for disabled, elderly, and pregnant women. It was a busy day, and there were no other seats available. A few stops later, a woman approached her and demanded that she move, claiming that Sarah was just a lazy child who was more than capable of standing.

A Shocking Statement!

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Sarah was taken aback by the woman’s attitude and tried to explain that she needed the seat due to her prosthetic leg making sudden changes in movement difficult to manage. But the woman was insistent, and she called the train conductor to intervene.

The Conductor Arrived

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When the conductor arrived, he also demanded that Sarah move from the seat. Sarah was frustrated and upset by the way she was being treated. She had always tried to avoid situations like this, but it seemed that no matter what she did, she couldn’t escape the judgment of others.

The Shock Effect

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Finally, Sarah had had enough. She rolled up her trouser leg, revealing her prosthetic leg to the woman and the conductor. The woman’s face turned bright red, and she mumbled something before getting off at the next station.

She Was Embarrassed

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Sarah felt a mix of emotions. She was relieved that she didn’t have to move from the seat, but she was also embarrassed and self-conscious about revealing her prosthetic leg to strangers. She knew that she could have avoided the situation by revealing her prosthetic leg earlier, but it was a touchy subject for her, and she didn’t want to draw attention to it.

Don’t Be Ashamed

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After the incident, Sarah realized that she needed to be more assertive in situations like this. She couldn’t let others make her feel ashamed or embarrassed about her prosthetic leg. She also realized that she needed to be more open about her prosthetic leg, even if it made her uncomfortable.

Challenges

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Sarah’s experience on the train taught her an important lesson about self-acceptance and standing up for herself. She knew that she would face challenges in the future, but she was determined to face them with confidence and courage.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote this, “We’re all built differently. I’d have just pulled up my pant leg and been like “you serious?” But you did it differently and more politely than would have done. You cannot possibly be a jerk for handling it more graciously than most would.”

More Internet Comments

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Another person posted this comment, “You’re way more polite than I am. I would have taken my leg off when she went to get the conductor and had it lying across my lap when they both came back. But I’m crazy like that.”

A Final Comment

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This last person said this, “No one is obligated or entitled to know your disability. You shouldn’t have to “prove” that you belong in a disabled space. Some disabilities are less obvious or even invisible. This woman and especially the train conductor had no right to question you this way. It was inappropriate and unprofessional.”

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