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Blind father is reduced to tears when not a SINGLE London train commuter gives up their disabled seat for him and his guide dog

Post by Didge on Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:14 pm

[*]Amit Patel, 37, lost his sight five years ago and uses Guide Dog Kika to get around
[*]On Wednesday he was reduced to tears after failing to get a seat on the train
[*]He and Kika boarded but nobody moved to help the former medic and his dog 
[*]Mr Patel had to stumble for something to hold on to and Kika slid on the wet floor
[*]He said he felt useless being unable to help the pup that looks after him daily
[*]Mr Patel previously shared a video showing the difficulty he had using the tube


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Re: Blind father is reduced to tears when not a SINGLE London train commuter gives up their disabled seat for him and his guide dog

Post by Original Quill on Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:57 pm

In the US it's a violation of Federal law for able-bodied persons not to give up a position in certain seats. The law is enforceable by the driver, and the company is subject to a fine under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Re: Blind father is reduced to tears when not a SINGLE London train commuter gives up their disabled seat for him and his guide dog

Post by magica on Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:45 pm

Many people sit in disabled seats and never offer them up.

They should hang their heads, disgraceful behaviour to this blind man and every disabled person

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Post by Vintage on Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:56 pm

I don't think people actually notice, everyone seems to be running on automatic these days, not to mention so many people walking around with earplugs in or staring at their phones or both, they are oblivious to anything going on around them.
I always move for disabled or a mother and child, always hold doors for who ever is coming after me or for people with pushchairs, I was quite cheered the other day when I held the door for a woman with a pushchair, she actually thanked more than once, a thanks is rare I find, she obviously was pleasantly suprised. It's how I was taught.

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Post by Syl on Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:25 am

I honestly cant see this ever happening in Manchester.

Its disgraceful. People may be wrapped up in themselves, glued to their mobiles and seemingly unaware of their surroundings, but more likely they just choose to pretend they dont see someone in distress just so they can stay seated and look after number one.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:18 am

Question

What's the point of having seats designated for disabled, pregnant & mums, or elderly people, if they then don't have any train guards/ticket inspectors present to enforce the rules ???

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Post by magica on Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:29 pm

Thing is Wolf, they're doing away with Guards on long haul trains and none on the local trains,, so no one to ensure disabled get a seat.

Even on buses they don't move, its horrible in London now.

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Post by magica on Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:34 pm

Vintage wrote:I don't think people actually notice, everyone seems to be running on automatic these days, not to mention so many people walking around with earplugs in or staring at their phones or both, they are oblivious to anything going on around them.  
I always move for disabled or a mother and child, always hold doors for who ever is coming after me or for people with pushchairs, I was quite cheered the other day when I held the door for a woman with a pushchair, she actually thanked more than once, a thanks is rare I find, she obviously was pleasantly suprised. It's how I was taught.

Thing is Vin, he asked if there were any seats, he was ignored.

London is horrible place now, I feel so sorry for this man and any disabled on trains, no one to enforce the disability seats anymore.

You're right though Vin, no one looks up from their damn mobiles, and the other day, I was reversing onto my drive, someone walked right out behind me, head down on his mobile, he didn't even notice, just carried on walking with his head buried in his mobile!

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Post by Syl on Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:43 pm

I don't travel much by train so I don't know how the seats are designated, but the Manchester trams and buses all have priority seats for the disadvantaged at the front.
I have never seen an able bodied person stay seated in one if someone more needy gets on the vehicle.

I imagine if they did, other passengers would say something, I know I would.

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Post by magica on Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:13 pm

I give up my seat even though I have problems walking if someone gets on and is worse than me.

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Post by Syl on Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:49 pm

magica wrote:I give up my seat even though I have problems walking if someone gets on and is worse than me.

I will give up my seat for an elderly person too, and sometimes when they have taken it I realise they are probably younger than I am. Razz
One pet hate is people who sit near the window and put their shopping on the empty seat next to them....never checking if the bus is getting full. Rolling Eyes


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Post by magica on Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:56 pm

I asked them to move it, on a train too. I'm not standing while their shopping gets a seat.

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