I’m writing about an incident with a cab driver last weekend which made me very angry. I’ve deliberated long and hard about posting it but in the end decided to hell with it. Its my journal and although my view could be seen as racist by some, the person concerned was disablist in the extreme.
Six of us, plus one guide dog, mine, booked a taxi to take us home after an evening out. We declared the guide dog when booking so that should have been the end of it. The seven-seater taxi arrived and the first thing the driver, who was from some ethnic background or other, said was “I’m not carrying a dog”. He was told he had no choice.
He was then fiddling about with the seats and shouted at me to “move that dog”, whilst I was waiting to get in. Finally, he opened the boot which was just that, a boot with a covered lid, and told me to “put that dog in there”. To which I said no.
He over charged us on the way home and blatantly ignored us when we tried to ask him why the additional cost.
So. People come to live here and we are encouraged to respect them and their cultures. Fair enough. But where’s their respect for us? We use dogs as working animals in this country so get over it. Us disabled people who use assistance dogs have as much right to respect and equal service as everyone else and so often we don’t get it. The people who are the worst culprits are by and large people from Asian backgrounds. I for one am fed up with it.