My husband who is older than me at 70 has 2 broken vertabra and numerous other health conditions but looks relatively healthy, I on the other hand am in my 40’s, with a neurological illness causing mobility and many other chronic illnesses which came on suddenly about 8 years ago, we have 2 children at home, so together we have a number of disabilities and I use a walking frame to avoid injuries as I have falls and break bones easily, Yesterday we went to our local Coles supermarket and my husband was standing in the fruit and veg area near the self service nuts area so out of the way, it was early so not many customers and another customer reversing and not watching rammed her trolley into his back, obviously an accident, however the fruit and veg manager was about 2 metres away, shrugged his shoulders said oh well accident, and went back to his markdowns, he did not even ask if my husband was ok. I asked his what his duty of care was, he said he had done it, not his problem!!, I advised him of my husbands broken back, and multiple other illnesses, obviously my illness is more noticeable and he proceeded to advise us that we should not be shopping in the centre as it was to dangerous, he told us people with disabilities should not be in the shop, I saw red and the manager arrived, he did ask how my husband was which was nice, however by this stage our confidence was undermined and to be told not to shop due to disabilities when we struggle to manage a normal life with our own cooking, shopping, cleaning and not being a burden on the taxpayer, we self fund through long term savings and super, but we came out of Coles feeling that we were second class citizens and having a manager telling us that he did not want disabled people in the store which I believe would be in breach of Australia law. I have dwelled on this all night and it is really upsetting as my illness is chronic and will kill me, I want to enjoy my time on this planet by being as independent for as long as possible. how can I move past these ignorant people.
Posted by mom109463, 11th February 2015