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Park worker doesn't thinks person in wheelchair can walk, they maliciously comply.

Park worker doesn't thinks person in wheelchair can walk, they maliciously comply.


Having a disability in the world means you probably have to deal with the assumptions of non-disabled folks. Non-disabled folks rarely have to think about their body, how they will navigate space, and whether or not their body will inhibit them from accessing things. The world is built for the non-disabled and still has work to do for those that aren't.

On a popular Reddit thread in the Malicious Compliance Subreddit, one individual who uses a wheelchair has fun teaching an amusement park employee about the needs of people who use wheelchairs.

They write:

So I’m at a theme park and a full-time wheelchair user who cannot walk or stand. I won’t name the park as soon as management found out, they were angry and more than rectified the situation, but the story is funny. It happened a few years ago.

So one of the rides is in a building and has an area outside the entrance for pushchairs, and those strollers people bring to theme parks that pull all their stuff and older kids, etc., to be left there as they aren’t allowed in the building.

My friend and I headed to the entrance, and this young employee came to me and said, 'You just leave your wheelchair there.' I look at him, and my friend is about to say something, and I catch their eye and wink.

I wheel over to the area and sit there with my brakes on. My friend catches on and comes and stands next to me. Seeing me not moving, the worker comes over and says, 'You can go in now.' I reply, 'How you told me to put my wheelchair here?'

He (not seeing what is happening) replies, 'Yes, so you need to leave it here and then go in and get it after.' I ask him how that’ll work, and he blinks at me, confused, then walks over to a guest who has asked for help.

Another worker older who is ‘team leader’/‘supervisor’ type phasing on his badge comes over. The guy who has told me to sit there is still talking to another guest, and the older worker comes over and asks if I’m ok?

I explained that the guy had told me to sit in my chair and so I did, and then he told me to head into the ride but leave my chair here and how I was confused as I couldn’t walk or stand. This worker is mortified and tells me this is not the park rules, how no one is asked to leave their wheelchair there if they don’t want to, and how I’m allowed in with my chair.

The first worker comes over, and the supervisor/ team leader asks him what he is on about, how he can’t tell wheelchair users to do this, etc. The younger guy said he was told to tell people they could leave their wheelchairs there.

We worked out he has gotten his wires crossed and that some people will ask if they can leave their wheelchairs there who are ambulatory and use them when they get tired, and that’s fine, but not to tell everyone in a wheelchair to go their chairs there.

The guy realizes his mistake and then realizes what I’d said about how am I meant to go in means I can’t stand/ walk and what he has implied etc., and is mortified. He was apologizing over and over. I explained how it was ok, and I was glad he realized what he said wasn’t ok, but I could see how he got confused, and it turns out he’s very new.

I held onto the ride, and as I exited, the supervisor came over and refunded us our park entry tickets and had food and shop vouchers for myself and my friend. I explained how they didn’t need to do this and how I was just glad the new guy found out about his misunderstanding with me. I found it funny and had a bit of fun over someone else (it could have been me on a different day) who could've taken offense and gotten angry, which is why I got the free stuff.

The internet chimes in.

JosephineCK says:

Years and years ago, I was on a hospital elevator when the doors opened, and a young man in a wheelchair rolled in. His shoes were perfectly polished, and the soles had obviously never touched the floor.

In an innocent attempt to make light conversation, a medical student on the elevator said, 'Looks like someone just got a new pair of shoes.' The whole elevator paused in awkward silence.

firedmyas says:

Making a clear point without undue escalation. That is a very graceful approach on your part.

snotwimp says:

Love it. I went out to dinner with my wife once, and we were told that they couldn't seat us at the only available table because her chair would be blocking the fire exit.

I looked at them and explained that she would be just as motivated to leave in the case of a fire as everyone else and wouldn't be doing so without her chair.

OP is not afraid to dunk on you in the nicest way possible.

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