Their Empathy Has Been Disabled

, , , | Right | March 10, 2020

(I was in an accident months ago, and I recently just graduated from a wheelchair to a walker. I’m getting on the bus, obviously disabled. A mother, her friend, and her two kids are sitting in the designated disabled seats. I swipe my pass and slowly go towards the seats.)

Me: “Excuse me, I need to sit here.”

Mother: “No, you don’t.”

(I stop. I’m very clearly needing the walker.)

Me: “I really do. Please, I need to get home.”

Mother: “F*** off, you faker. You’re just doing this for attention.”

(Her friend glares at me. I look back at the bus driver and then at the woman.)

Me: “I’m barely able to walk with this thing. I didn’t fake a horrific car accident and months of therapy to sit five feet forward on the bus.”

Mother: “Shut the f*** up, you f****** liar!”

(The bus driver gets up and comes over. He’s tall and intimidating and has a voice to match.)

Driver: “Ma’am, whether this young lady is faking is between her and God. As she is very obviously disabled to me, I’m going to ask you one more time to move you and your children. The law says you have to.”

Mother: “SHE’S A F****** LIAR!”

(She moved two rows behind me, glaring at me the entire time she was on the bus with me. The driver apologized for her behavior, and while helping me off at my stop, he wished me luck in my recovery.)

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