Won’t Take This Sitting Down

, , , , , , , | Right | December 27, 2018

(I’m picking up a few last-minute, small presents four days before Christmas. As expected, it’s absolute chaos. This centre has mobility scooters and wheelchairs shoppers can hire. I’m a complete paraplegic and have my own, very expensive, custom-made wheelchair that looks nothing like the ones you can hire. After my second shop, a lady approaches me.)

Lady: “You need to give me that.”

Me: “Excuse me?”

(I’m confused, as I have only picked up a necklace for my wife that I’d had custom made.)

Lady: “That wheelchair. You need to give it to me.”

Me: “Ma’am, this is my chair; I need it. Customer service has wheelchairs you can hire.”

(I turn away.)

Lady: *now yelling while grabbing the back of my chair* “They don’t have any left, and my mother needs this wheelchair!”

Me: “Ma’am, this is my own chair. I’m sorry, but you can’t have it.”

Lady: *still yelling and holding my chair* “Listen, you little s***. My mother needs this wheelchair; you will let her use it, because you’re just a lazy piece of s*** that can’t be bothered to walk.”

(She tipped the back of the chair forward, effectively landing me on the ground, and took off with my chair. A crowd of people had stopped and someone went to a nearby shop to get me a seat while I waited for security. Another shopper who was an off-duty paramedic checked me over. Security found the lady in the car-park and held her until the police showed up. She was charged with theft and assault.)

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