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foxytales
11-20-2013, 05:58 AM
I was at the Wall of Mart the other day and was actually accosted on my *personally owned* scooter--EW demanded that I get up and give it to her. Uhm, excuse me?! This is my personal scooter--no, I most certainly will NOT get off it and swearing at me, calling me filthy names and physically threatening me isn't going to change my mind. That's just going to piss me off and make me use this handy-dandy cane sitting in my front basket on your thick head. Please, be my guest and call a manager---right NOW.

The fact that you're pregnant with number 6 (i assumed, since she had 5 other children under 8-ish with her) isn't my problem. You have legs that apparently work--you got into the store under your own power, do not have a cane or other notable aid to mobility. I am sitting on this pretty red mobility scooter, complete with rear view mirrors and lights. When was the last time YOU saw anything like that in a STORE scooter/mart cart? No, this isn't the new model the store is trying out, you dumb twat, for the THIRD time, i actually OWN this one. YOUR legs work. Mine--do NOT. (never mind that all the Marine Corps stickers and "Handicapped Veteran" stickers on it usually also aren't found on public-use carts)

Took the store manager 10 minutes of screaming, yelling and a threat to call the police (by me) to get this stupid wench to FINALLY get a clue that the STORE did NOT own my scooter with the LITTLE basket on the front and the BIG basket on the back and she would have to go find one of (her words)-those damned ugly, slow carts- up at the front of the store and hope one of them has a charge, since this was a saturday and the kids were out of school. Good luck with that.

THIS is why I usually shop at 3 am--God i hate people...

Mr Hero
11-20-2013, 06:25 AM
Actually, the SC does have problems with her legs. Her problem is that she's unable to keep them closed.

bainsidhe
11-20-2013, 11:43 AM
The fact she was screaming dibs on an already-taken scooter boggles the mind. The fact you had dibs because you OWNED it...just....:(

LillFilly
11-21-2013, 01:19 AM
Actually, the SC does have problems with her legs. Her problem is that she's unable to keep them closed.

:roll: Well, need a new monitor now! Nah, that was great though!

It really took a manager THAT long to settle the situation down? They didn't defend you, protect you or escort the aggressive lady out of the store? Oh, wait, that would have been the common sense thing to do. Never mind.

Kogarashi
11-23-2013, 02:56 AM
The fact she was screaming dibs on an already-taken scooter boggles the mind. The fact you had dibs because you OWNED it...just....:(

Because the only person who matters is Miss Speshul Snowflake. The person in the scooter could have no legs at all and MSS would still demand dibs on the scooter because "OMG I deserve it!"

And as far as I've been informed, if you're in such ill health during pregnancy that you need one of those scooters, then you're in such ill health that you should be sending someone else to do the shopping and should be confined to bed rest yourself. If you're just demanding it because you feel heavy, tough. Waddle around the store like the rest of us.

Of course, I have NO sympathy because I worked as a cashier up through the end of the eighth month of pregnancy with my first (including standing for 4+ hours straight before getting a chance to sit), and walked the entire Freedom Trail in Boston toward the end of the seventh month with my third child (and then went camping right after). And I am nowhere near "in shape" (other than slightly pear-shaped).

Barracuda
11-23-2013, 06:26 AM
I wouldn't have threatened, I would have called the police. It's called creating a disturbance and disturbing the peace, not to mention terroristic threats of bodily harm.

Food Lady
11-23-2013, 06:33 AM
^ Yep. Mobile phones: handy little things.

eltf177
11-23-2013, 11:41 AM
I wouldn't have threatened, I would have called the police. It's called creating a disturbance and disturbing the peace, not to mention terroristic threats of bodily harm.

As would I, although I would have probably used the cane first. Stupid bint really needs a clue by four...

EvilEmpryss
11-23-2013, 10:03 PM
:roll: Well, need a new monitor now! Nah, that was great though!
Oh good, I'm not the only one! :roll:

Sometimes I don't use my cane to get into the store because I anticipate having a buggy available to use, so I've gotten dirty looks from some people who think I'm abusing the privilege. I'm thankful I've never had to deal with that kind of crazy, though.

I don't have a buggy of my own, but I anticipate needing one in the future. I dread the thought of something like this happening to me when I do. I would have thought the personalized stickers and such would have been a major clue to the crazy cow, but I forget how reality is warped to fit their personal desires.

Mystic
11-24-2013, 01:12 AM
I can't walk into WalMart now and not crack up laughing thanks to South Parks Mobility Scooter episode. There are tons of people who genuinely need them to get around like OP, but to use one because you're overweight or lazy is just obnoxious and stupid.

The worst was when an overweight man, obviously fully capable of walking came around the corner on one... then a second later, his overweight girlfriend/wife came around the corner on one of her own, again, fully capable of walking. I had to walk away at that point to keep from bursting. I feel bad when people have issues like weight, but that is certainly not helping your issue.

I'm overweight and I park further away from the store on purpose. Those extra steps are a little extra help.

fireheart
11-24-2013, 05:21 AM
See, the concept of scooters that can be hired out in stores is a foreign concept to me. There are a COUPLE of places that hire out the scooters, but generally you need to have one of two things:

-A visible disability (ie broken leg, broken foot etc.)
-A letter from your doctor stating that you have a particular disability and need the scooter for some reason (generally those people have a walker or similar already, but it would be prohibitive to use said walker)

In addition, you also need to book them out. So you can't just jump on them after a long day because you're lazy.

Generally, being extremely obese is NOT counted as an excuse. About 80% of the people I HAVE seen on the scooters use them for legitimate reasons. The remaining 20% of them are obese, but fall into two categories: those who are overweight but make efforts to change that in some shape or form and those who are overweight and don't.

Jay 2K Winger
11-24-2013, 06:25 PM
My former CW at the wholesale club, CR, had to deal with an EW (http://customerssuck.com/board/showthread.php?t=68183) once regarding the motorized carts.

Short version: She had no visible handicap, offered no excuse at first for why she needed one. Her two children, however, were climbing around on the carts that were parked on the wall. When CR got ready to give her the key, she asked for a second one. He turned her down, then she tried to explain she needed one "because I'm tired."

CR took both keys back and told her firmly that they're for customers with mobility problems or health issues, "not because you're tired."

Mystic
11-25-2013, 02:13 AM
See, the concept of scooters that can be hired out in stores is a foreign concept to me. There are a COUPLE of places that hire out the scooters, but generally you need to have one of two things:

-A visible disability (ie broken leg, broken foot etc.)
-A letter from your doctor stating that you have a particular disability and need the scooter for some reason (generally those people have a walker or similar already, but it would be prohibitive to use said walker)

In addition, you also need to book them out. So you can't just jump on them after a long day because you're lazy.

Generally, being extremely obese is NOT counted as an excuse. About 80% of the people I HAVE seen on the scooters use them for legitimate reasons. The remaining 20% of them are obese, but fall into two categories: those who are overweight but make efforts to change that in some shape or form and those who are overweight and don't.
This is the way it should be. I personally don't understand why stores have these to begin with as you would think someone who has a need for one would actually have their own to begin with. Of course, that is not considering some people take a bus and most buses I've seen don't have an elevator for scooters (unless this has changed over the past decade I've been out of the city). In most cases that I've seen, the people using them don't really need them.

Ree
11-25-2013, 03:07 AM
And we are going to stop the discussion of whether obesity is a disability, and who is justified to use a scooter NOW!
That is pure fratching, and, in fact, there are several discussions already on fratching regarding obese people on scooters.

The thread is about the suckiness of a customer who demanded the OP's own personal scooter.

Seshat
11-25-2013, 01:15 PM
My scooter was expensive, and I resent every little scrape and scratch - even though I put them there.

The only people allowed to use it are MY family - and they only ask when necessary (Toth got sick at one point, and used it for a while).

The thought of lending it to some stranger; much less a stranger who accosted me for it? :eek:

EvilEmpryss
11-25-2013, 08:06 PM
This is the way it should be. I personally don't understand why stores have these to begin with as you would think someone who has a need for one would actually have their own to begin with. Of course, that is not considering some people take a bus and most buses I've seen don't have an elevator for scooters (unless this has changed over the past decade I've been out of the city). In most cases that I've seen, the people using them don't really need them.
First, scooters are expensive and hard to justify to your insurance company. I could not afford to get one and I use one regularly with my shopping. As a disabled vet with a 100% disability rating I have the VA to rely on for my medical equipment, but the VA says I don't qualify for a powered scooter. It's no matter that I sometimes need to use a cart to the point where if they don't have one available I know that I am making the choice to do my shopping walking and then I will be unable to do anything else for the rest of the day due to the pain I'll be in, I'm not eligible and would have to pay out-of-pocket for one.

Second, if you have one, you must also have a means of getting it to and from the store. Until two weeks ago I didn't have a car with a tow hitch that would be able to hold the carrier to lug one around. If you don't get insurance to pay for it, it's one more expense that some people just don't have.

Third, sometimes people have a disability that makes it very difficult to get one loaded and unloaded from the vehicle without assistance. Walking into the store and using one of the worn out ones they offer is much easier.

Fourth, and this is possibly the most important point: Many disabilities are not obvious. You cannot see heart disease or lung cancer or any of a myriad of other disorders that might cause someone to need to use a cart. I am not obese, under forty, and do not look disabled. I very often get stared/glared at when using the power buggies. I almost feel obligated to carry my cane prominently so people won't harass me while I'm shopping. Like having my service dog with me, I should not have to justify to anyone why I need the scooter, but people who are not disabled and don't know me feel they have the right to judge me using one.

People should do the more reasonable, more compassionate thing and give others the benefit of the doubt. Yes, there are douche bags who will abuse the privilege, but don't lump everyone in with them unless you know for a fact that they are douches.

Racket_Man
11-27-2013, 05:30 AM
First, scooters are expensive and hard to justify to your insurance company. I could not afford to get one and I use one regularly with my shopping. .

When I was still married to my now Ex, she got one in 1998 because of her disabilities. A new lower end Rascal Scooter 3 wheel with big assed batteries was around $8000 at that time. We had to get a bank loan in order to purchase it. The thing was built like a tank (and almost as heavy) and took a lot of abuse, but it did distance runs just fine on a full charge and could be taken apart in pieces and fit in a mid-sized car trunk.

The models today are a lot lighter and the batteries are smaller a better BUT the cost is still pretty hefty.