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.”
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
Writing from his guide dog Kika’s Twitter account, he added more information about the whole thing
Patel was an A&E doctor before he lost his sight 5 years ago after developing keratoconus
“Losing my sight was very lonely. If I’m traveling by public transport, I’m sometimes like a scared little boy”
Kika is one of only 5% of guide dogs who are trained to take their owners on escalators
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
“They have loads of space to get past, but they seem to think it is fun to barge into a blind person”
“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