Disabled man was not allowed to enter a restaurant just because he was in a wheelchair.
Young resident of Yekaterinburg, Alexander Mokin still cannot recover from the incident. Last Saturday [ed: by the time of the publishing it is not the last Saturday] he was forbidden to appear in a restaurant because of the fact that he was in a wheelchair …
- On April 28 I had a birthday, 27 years old, – said Alexander. - I wanted to celebrate it in the restaurant “Gallery” (which is at Furmanov Street) with my wife and friends. I called and ordered a table for four. I said that I use a wheelchair! They said, ‘No problem. Come.”
But in the evening, when Alexander arrived in the restaurant, he ran into two big men who blocked his way.
- Security guard forbade me to enter the restaurant. – says the disabled man. - I asked to call the administrator. A girl came; she introduced herself as an art director Polina and said something like: “How do you imagine yourself in this venue in such way? You will confuse our visitors! Here I decide whom to let in and whom – not, and I do not allow you in.”
With these words the young lady asked the guests to leave…
It’s not the first time that Alexander has to deal with the arrogance of restaurateurs. Last year, for example, he wasn’t allowed into another place. Then, however, director of the cafe apologized and even offered a permanent guest card. But Sasha [ed: diminutive from Alexander in Russian] refused such a gift. The management of “Gallery” where Alexander planned to celebrate his birthday also tried to make amends.
- It was a misunderstanding, – said Anna Getman, assistant director. - The administrator who didn’t let Alexander in – is already fired. Now we are preparing a letter of apology and offer to Alexander the VIP-guest card. I apologized to his wife, because during the conflict, he was absent from the restaurant. I offered any table in the venue and a gift – to choose any dish from the menu…
People say that the administrator was not fired – she resigned “on her own will”. Employees of the restaurant say that Polina is very sorry. She, by the way, is pregnant. It’s not clear, however, why her conscience awoke only now and not in the evening when she kicked off the guy in the wheelchair…
This time Alexander is not ready to compromise. Fearing that the same story may repeat itself for the third time, he decided to bring the matter to court.
- On Friday, people from the Committee for Consumer Protection visited me, together with the Deputy Regional Minister of Social Protection, – says Alexander. - They promised to give me a lawyer. I’ll go to court. I want everyone to understand that nobody can stand in the way of people with disabilities!
Comments of Russian netizens
dil: Some cases are different. If the restaurant has no space for the passage of wheelchairs, it is understandable.
fly_ernik (replying to dil): If the restaurant has no place for the passage of wheelchairs, it is not restaurant, it is canteen.
efremlexa: He is an ordinary man. He was not allowed because of the wheelchair. It’s the same as not letting in because of the bag or hat on his head.
antipolicay (replying to efremlexa): You can leave the bag and take off the hat! But wheelchair is a necessity! And that’s why they had to let him in! Removing hat is the premise of educated people and for not doing so – indeed one might be not allowed in!
yalexey: This is criminal rudeness and idiocy. Case must be taken to the court and needs resonance in the press. And whom will this pregnant woman bring up- same moral monsters as herself?
killerspirit (replying to yalexey): Ok, Ok – wheelchair. And what if someone like this – http://www.szokblog.pl/Graphics/Pictures/1311962575572426563.jpg comes? What then?
Also disabled person and has the right to be in the restaurant.
yalexey (replying to killerspirit): Yes, do you have any problems with it?
killerspirit (replying to yalexey): I don’t want the kids to look at such [people]. So what?
yalexey (replying to killerspirit): Well, your problem is amenable to correction. Just refer to a specialist. Xenophobia is not a serious illness; it is just the personality disorder.
killerspirit (replying to yalexey): Oh, tolerast detected!
erich_z: No problem here. This is far-fetched. Suppressing peoples’ natural instincts is, of course, advantageous to many forces. And maybe, someday, they will create a new breed of man who is tolerant for everything.
But, meanwhile, the poor and the maimed need to be removed if they don’t realize that demonstrating their sores – is somewhat indecent.
[Note: I believe that reading the last comment someone might doubt that sane people can write such things and whether I am making them up. Unfortunately - not. Here is the snapshot of the above comment]
zhegloff: We need special restaurants for tolerasts. And such like this [the disabled man] will work there as waiters.
julegg (replying to zhegloff): And also restaurants for normal people only. Normal will be someone who for 100 years hasn’t had ancestors with any disability or ugliness.
zhegloff (replying to julegg): There are already many venues for normal people.
trocepins (replying to julegg): Hopefully, they don’t let you in!
irdis: I wonder what would happen to the restaurant, which wouldn’t let in the disabled person, somewhere in the U.S.?
I think that they would quickly become bankrupt after paying out few millions “for moral damages.”
ata_pin (replying to irdis): Thanks God we are not in the U.S. Do you really want employment quotas for gays and women?
microgenis (also replying to irdis): They [Americans] often deny entrance to anyone whom they don’t like – Muslims, blacks, disabled people, idiots, faggots. They just do it wisely. For example, “Sorry, we do not have available seats.”
And here is just the stupid village-way, common thing.
philippenzo: What do you want from the shit-venue with the inscription on the sign «RestOurant»? Everything is a-priori obvious. I wouldn’t even go to such place.
twin-prix: And how about the face control for non-disabled? Also to the court?
ramtamtager (replying to twin-prix): If you think that your rights were violated – yes!
awdesigner: How many such cases have we had recently? Ten? And these are just the known ones. It’s already about the culture of the Russian people, in principle, and not about the separate venue or airplane.
[Note: commenter refers to a recent case in which the 18 years old cancer patient returning home from Moscow after the leg amputation was not allowed to board the airplane unless she would present the document proving that she wouldn’t die during the flight]
_badger_: Man in a wheelchair offends the delicate and tender feelings of the drunken orcs. This is ineradicable tradition of Stalin, who immediately after the war cleaned the streets of Soviet cities from the disabled so that the miserable view wouldn’t distract the builders of communism.
And right now - not to distract the builders of the feudal capitalism from the process of digestion.
bu_kva: How do the people with psoriasis or burns differ from others? They don’t have right to come to the restaurant?
I, by the way, have psoriasis - it is not visible, it’s on the head. But I was deeply frustrated when I wasn’t allowed to go to the hairdresser given the fact that the disease is not contagious.
meshuga80: The city streets are strolled by a huge number of:
- fat unkempt men with hanging tits
- dyed blondes with excessive make-up
- metrosexuals with creative haircuts
- just people with angry mugs
And they offend my delicate aesthetic feelings. But I think it’s my problem - not theirs. Why should they suddenly think about my feelings?
dudinoid (replying to meshuga80): If huge number – then it’s norm )
ovinkowa: Sick girl was not allowed on the plane, disabled are not allowed in the restaurant.. Where are we moving? Like in Hitler’s times when all who don’t fit the standards were simply destroyed… People, be careful!