#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?

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.

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