Letter: Disabled bus seating

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Sir,

Recently I was on the Glasgow bus with my partner.

Another passenger explained to their companion, in a voice loud enough to be heard by everyone on the bus, that while they are not disabled, they like the extra legroom the disabled seats enjoy.

I was gratified by the assertion that if there was anyone on the bus who needed the seats they could ask.

The person obviously did not notice as my partner limped past using a brightly coloured walking stick, nor notice her waiting for the other passengers to disembark.

Once my partner stops moving, when she tries to start again she cannot move as quickly as most 70 year olds.

I am sure it never occurred to this person that someone might have a disability which is not immediately visible.

One consequence of this condition is a feeling of vulnerability in situations which may involve conflict or confrontation.

I am sure this person did not hear my partner begging me not to ask them to move.

The person likes extra legroom and did not realise that taking the disabled seat would consign someone to three or four days of worsened chronic pain because she couldn’t move.

This was not a selfish action, the person just did not see a disabled person.

Anyway thanks for the pain and discomfort caused, for the stress created by demanding that someone present themselves for a judgement of whether they deserve the precious legroom.

It is not only children who can be blindly selfish.

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