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An open note to all Shops big and small,

graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2011 3:03PM
An open note to all Shops big and small,
Please Think of the wheelchair user this christmas
Don't leave boxes in the way ,we got to be-able to move around all this stuff
i know you want to sell as much as you can ,but if i decide i can't get around your shop i won't buy anything !
So please think before you fill your floor space !!
A wheelchair user ...............................................................

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cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
14 Dec 2011 5:35PM
To right Robin.....!!!

It makes life for wheelchair users a nightmare, Its also a potential hazzard to the safety of everyone, For instance Fire Exits, Or a means to evacuate a building in an orderly " Hurry " ....!!!

Not to mention the actual " Fire " risk from combustable materials strewn all over the place.....!!!

Come on Shops & Shopping malls......Keep an eye on the situation....!!!!!!!
User_Removed 14 271 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2011 7:13PM
I agree wholeheartedly.

My wife is disabled, and a recent trip to our local Tesco resulted in me complaining to the manager that one of the aisles was too tight with a display stand & that her wheel chair knocked it over as we were manoeuvring around a corner. She was very polite & apologised saying she would get on to it right away.

Another trip to our local Debenhams, in order to get my wife some make-up, was also so tightly packed with displays that she couldn't manoeuvre see what was available & had to ask an assistant for help. Not ideal at this busy time of year (or at any other time).

So, please make sure that your shops, stalls, or areas are easily reached by ALL. Thank you.
NEWDIGIT 7 401 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 9:00AM
I recently retired from Her Majesties Prison Service.
At my last prison we had a large number of prisoners with varying types of wheelchairs.
As the prison service has a "duty of care to prisoner" we instigated a training programme for all staff on the correct methods of handling wheelchairs.
The training was split into two elements, the disabled person and the carer.
Each and every member of staff took the course as both a disabled person and the carer
On every course we ran the two most consistent comments were.
" I did not realise how difficult it is to manouver a wheel chair"
"If I see someone in a wheelchair I will ask if they need assisstance"

We also carried out extensive construction alterations, ramps, wide doors, toiletry facilities, lower shelfs etc etc.
If any readers are in a position to instigate this sought of training in their workplace I am certain they and their staff will find it invaluable
bangalicious 10 1.3k 5 England
15 Dec 2011 2:14PM
Amen to the OP.
A polite complaint to the store manager should sort it, mention H&S etc and they should do it right a way.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2011 3:11PM
thank you all pleses repost where and when you can Smile

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