Your Attitude Is Handicapped

| Working | February 11, 2015

(A disabled customer has asked one of us to come outside and collect a payment from her so she doesn’t have to leave the car. I’m right in the middle of something, so I ask my new coworker to do it.)

Coworker: “No. She’s probably not even disabled.”

Me: “She definitely is. She’s in a wheelchair.”

Coworker: “So? What does she do at home? How does she get around?”

Me: “I have no idea, but are you seriously refusing?”

Coworker: “She’s probably rude and lazy.”

Me: “Actually, she’s not. She’s very sweet. To come inside she’d have to get her wheelchair off the car, get out, get in it, maneuver down our sidewalk, up the ramp, and pull open our really heavy door, all for a 30-second transaction. If we walk out it will just be a 30-second transaction.”

Coworker: “Well, I don’t pander to supposedly handicapped people.”

(I helped the customer, and when I told my boss he was livid and fired Coworker then and there.)

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