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It didn't help that the manager of the Pound Shop saw the implications quickly. It was accessible before the referendum.

Yesterday the aisles were completely blocked to the wheel-chair trade - wire-trolly displays down the middle of them all. They started moving it all into place while I was actually shopping and actually trapped me down a side-aisle until another shopper pointed out that they'd taken a prisoner.

I'm not sure if disability-access was entirely from EU or not. If it wasn't I do hope someone official will say so.

Date: 2016-06-25 10:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How crap that you had to seek help from another shopper! Our money's the same as everybody's. Did you report the incident?

Do you like Euan's Guide to disability access? I wrote a review for that site and I've another to write.
Edited Date: 2016-06-25 10:43 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-06-25 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the manager was the highest ranker there and it had been done on his orders.

I didn't know about Euan's guide - thank you for the link.

Date: 2016-06-25 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Euan's Guide seems new. I hope the message gets out that accessibility is good business practice.

Date: 2016-06-25 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Might they just have decided that they wanted to shift as much stock as they could in the short-term, in case things got difficult in weeks to come? Not thinking at all about wheelchair accessibility?

Date: 2016-06-25 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not according to the member of staff I spoke to - apparently the manager said that "all that accessibility stuff" came with the EU. I haven't checked Sainsburys yet, but historically, retailers never liked wheelchairs.

You know those rattle-grids that were supposed to be stop people taking the trolleys away, only they didn't even slow trolley-thieves down? Those do affect wheelchair access a lot.

There also seems to be a lot of anger towards older people. I'd guess that is Tory-directed. It was always pretty clear that they would strip out the pensioners next but accusing the working age sick and disabled of fraud made them a much easier target than even the fit and active old. However, scapegoating those that one wishes to rob is a tactic that probably started in the stone age.

Date: 2016-06-26 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a bastard! And he's completely wrong to assume that he can do ANYTHING to reduce accessibility in his shop until that body of EU-directed legislation is formally repealed - he is BREAKING THE LAW by making his shop non-disabled accessible. Now, local authority must have a person responsible for enforcing it?

I would suggest you make a formal complaint to the local authority, and ask for confirmation that disabled-accessibility is still a legal requirement - get their attention to this fundamental disregard for vulnerable people - should sort them out quicko.
Edited Date: 2016-06-26 07:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-06-27 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, I will try that.


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