Friday, November 26, 2010

British cab-driver refuses ride to blind couple

The following is from Europe News: http://europenews.dk/en/node/37754

Blind couple's anger as taxi refuses guide dog

Staffordshire Newsletter 26 November 2010

A BLIND couple were “disgusted” to be turned away by a Stafford taxi driver because of their award-winning guide dog. Doreen and Ernest Dix were refused entry to a cab parked at the pick-up point behind Stafford market last week.

The Great Haywood pensioners claim the driver did not want Blake, the current West Midlands guide dog of the year, in his cab.

This contravenes the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 2005 and can land offenders a £1,000 fine unless they certify they have a dog allergy.

Mrs Dix, 71, said this was the first time her golden retriever-labrador cross had been rejected from a taxi.

She said: “I can barely see, but saw the driver wave his hands and say ‘no, no, no’ as we approached his cab (...)

COMMENT: Would I be profiling if I guessed that this cab-driver was Muslim? Europe News has the subheading, "No Tolerance for Intolerance -- No Apology for Being Free." A bold statement, that, but why not draw attention to the roots of this cab-driver's intolerance, that is Islam?

Here is the Staffordshire Newsletter. (http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/News/Blind-couples-anger-as-taxi-refuses-guide-dog.htm ) They don't boast of having "no tolerance for intolerance." Instead they make sense of the cabby's intolerance:

Blind couple’s anger as taxi refuses guide dog

"A BLIND couple were “disgusted” to be turned away by a Stafford taxi driver because of their award-winning guide dog.

"APPLALLED . . . Ernest Dix and his guide dog Blake were refused access to a taxi.Doreen and Ernest Dix were refused entry to a cab parked at the pick-up point behind Stafford market last week.

"The Great Haywood pensioners claim the driver did not want Blake, the current West Midlands guide dog of the year, in his cab.

"This contravenes the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 2005 and can land offenders a £1,000 fine unless they certify they have a dog allergy.

"Mrs Dix, 71, said this was the first time her golden retriever-labrador cross had been rejected from a taxi.

"She said: 'I can barely see, but saw the driver wave his hands and say ‘no, no, no’ as we approached his cab.

“We were both very upset and were made to feel really small, but just got the next taxi in the end. “We’re moving to Stafford soon and this is a very poor start indeed.” Eight-two-year-old Mr Dix, whose eyesight is worse than his wife’s, was “appalled” by the driver’s behaviour.

"He said: 'I’ve been registered blind for 28 years and have never been discriminated against by a taxi driver before this.

“'If he isn’t willing to pick up certain people, then he shouldn’t be in a queue of taxis earmarked for shoppers.

“The driver we eventually used agreed it was appalling it made me feel like a second-class citizen.” Seven-year-old Blake won his award last year in recognition of loyal service to his owners.

"Mrs Dix told the Newsletter how clever Blake is.

"She said: 'If you get off the bus and say ‘take us to the bank’, he’ll guide you straight there.

“'He then knows to wait in the queue until a cashier calls you over. He’s as good as gold.' In recent years, there have been reports of Muslim drivers refusing the blind due to their doctrine’s assertion that dogs are unclean.

"However, the DDA does not consider this an excuse.

"Mr and Mrs Dix do not know the name of the driver or firm involved."

ADDITIONAL COMMENT: No of course they don't. They're blind -- and so are the British authorities that have the power to find out who this (these) driver(s) is (are). I say, send them all back to Afghanistan so they can spend all their time shooting at NATO forces.

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