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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] sammason.livejournal.com
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] londonbard.livejournal.com
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] sammason.livejournal.com
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] writerwench.livejournal.com
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] londonbard.livejournal.com
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] writerwench.livejournal.com
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] londonbard.livejournal.com
Thank you, I will try that.

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