#296 – Locked Out!

I have been denied access to the handicapped washroom on two different occasions, at two different, internationally-recognized restaurants. In both cases, the handicapped washroom was locked.

The first time it happened, I was told by the cashier that the washroom was out-of-service. I knew that it wasn't, just by the look on her face. When I explained that I needed the handicapped toilet because I didn't want to exceed ninety degrees with my new hip, she relented and handed over the key.

In the second restaurant, I was simply told that it was for handicapped people. Again, I had to go through the explanation, before the key was passed over to me.

I understand that the cashiers were doing what they thought was the right thing - keeping the washroom free for what they thought handicapped people would look like. However, if someone asks for the key to the handicapped washroom, I don't think it is necessary to provide an explanation detailing one's disability.

Needless to say, I followed up with letters to the branch offices of both establishments explaining that not all disabled people are in wheelchairs. Thankfully, I haven't had a problem since then.

Have you ever encountered something similar?

auntie stress handicap bathroom
0

4 Replies to “#296 – Locked Out!”

  1. Yes indeed! I had airport security officials with drawn guns closing in on me shouting “don’t move!” when their very newly installed sensors went off sensing my prostheses.

Feel free to comment!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.