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Blind Man Left In ‘Tears’ After Nobody Gave Up Their Seat For Him And His Guide Dog On The Train
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Blind Man Left In ‘Tears’ After Nobody Gave Up Their Seat For Him And His Guide Dog On The Train

It’s crazy how people can do such marvelous and stupid things at the same time. We are preparing for a trip to Mars yet we can’t show any decency for those who have been mistreated by fate. A 37-year-old blind man felt crushed when London commuters didn’t give up their seats in a cramped train for him and his guide dog.

“People can be so selfish, they pretend they can’t see or hear when I ask if there’s a seat available,” Amit Patel tweeted. “It’s so humiliating when I struggle to find something to hold onto & keep [my guide dog] safe at the same time, this is when you’ll see a tear running down my face. Life is difficult enough.”

Patel was an A&E doctor before he lost his sight 5 years ago after developing keratoconus. Since then, he got himself Kika who is one of only 5% of guide dogs who are trained to take their owners on escalators.

“Losing my sight was very lonely,” the man added. “If I’m traveling by public transport, I’m sometimes like a scared little boy.” This time, Patel claims he was forced to stand with his back against the doors while Kika kept slipping on the wet floor of the train.

Writing from Kika’s Twitter account, he said, “We walked to the end of the platform in the pouring rain so that we can board the designated disabled section on the @Se_Railway train and even with dad giving me the command ‘find a seat’ not one passenger gave up their seat.”

After people rushed to support Amit at least with words, he continued, “Thank you all for your kind messages, unfortunately, being ignored when asking for a seat is a daily occurrence for us.”

“One small act of kindness could have turned the situation around completely.”

More info: Amit Patel | Kika

Recently, a 37-year-old blind and his guide dog felt heartbroken on a train in London and said it could have easily been avoided

Image credits: kika_guidedog

Writing from his guide dog Kika’s Twitter account, he added more information about the whole thing

Image credits: kika_guidedog

Patel was an A&E doctor before he lost his sight 5 years ago after developing keratoconus

Image credits: kika_guidedog

“Losing my sight was very lonely. If I’m traveling by public transport, I’m sometimes like a scared little boy”

Image credits: kika_guidedog

Image credits: kika_guidedog

Kika is one of only 5% of guide dogs who are trained to take their owners on escalators

Image credits: kika_guidedog

But the duo encounter ‘inconsiderate’ people there as well

Sometimes Amit puts a camera on his dog to capture what they go through when getting around London

Image credits: Pete Summers

“They have loads of space to get past, but they seem to think it is fun to barge into a blind person”

Image credits: kika_guidedog

“One lady even said I should apologise to the people behind her for holding them up”

People were quick to offer their words of support

But there were some who didn’t

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ZMDVB
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I ride the bus and when I fractured my ankle and had to wear a boot people refused to let me sit. Even after being asked by the driver. Also, to all you guys saying he's capable of standing so shouldn't be given a seat, next time you ride public transportation, you try standing with your eyes completely shut and see how easy it is. Just looking at your phone is different because if something happens you have the ability to look up from it and adjust accordingly. Stop being jerks.

Cassie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didi, even partial blindness is very disorienting.

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frank0ys
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...I think the point here is to give the seat to someone else who really needs it. An act of kindness can go a very long way.

Stille20
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks. The post felt more like "the world is a dark cruel place", but you are right. This is a plea, a PSA. Be aware.

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Kaye Penguin
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

instead of being dismissive of the "he`s blind, not legless" , it needs to be explained how a blind man may need a seat. Here`s why: a blind man might not know when to give way to incoming passengers, he wont know where to and how to correctly reposition his body to make way in a train or bus while standing, he wont have to grope around for a metal pole and accidentally touch someone by accident, seats for the disabled are nearer to doors so he can take less time to exit, instead of having to grope for the way out again. The mistake in the "not legless" response is assuming that the issue is about who needs the seat more. The issue should be about which decision will be better of for everyone. Sure a blindman may not have tired legs, but all his potential fumbling, blocking other people and taking time to exit may well inconvenience more people rather than if one man had just given him a seat.

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ZMDVB
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I ride the bus and when I fractured my ankle and had to wear a boot people refused to let me sit. Even after being asked by the driver. Also, to all you guys saying he's capable of standing so shouldn't be given a seat, next time you ride public transportation, you try standing with your eyes completely shut and see how easy it is. Just looking at your phone is different because if something happens you have the ability to look up from it and adjust accordingly. Stop being jerks.

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didi, even partial blindness is very disorienting.

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frank0ys
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...I think the point here is to give the seat to someone else who really needs it. An act of kindness can go a very long way.

Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks. The post felt more like "the world is a dark cruel place", but you are right. This is a plea, a PSA. Be aware.

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Kaye Penguin
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

instead of being dismissive of the "he`s blind, not legless" , it needs to be explained how a blind man may need a seat. Here`s why: a blind man might not know when to give way to incoming passengers, he wont know where to and how to correctly reposition his body to make way in a train or bus while standing, he wont have to grope around for a metal pole and accidentally touch someone by accident, seats for the disabled are nearer to doors so he can take less time to exit, instead of having to grope for the way out again. The mistake in the "not legless" response is assuming that the issue is about who needs the seat more. The issue should be about which decision will be better of for everyone. Sure a blindman may not have tired legs, but all his potential fumbling, blocking other people and taking time to exit may well inconvenience more people rather than if one man had just given him a seat.

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