The Things People Ask

… inside an elevator.

Stranger: Are the cosmetic counters at Level 1?

Me: Yes.

Stranger: Are you going to the basement?

Me: Yes.

Stranger: What happened to you?

Me: Spinal cord injury.

Stranger: You can?t walk?

Me: No.

Stranger: Are you sure you can?t walk?

Me: Do you think I will be using this if I can walk?

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

11 thoughts on “The Things People Ask”

  1. Peter, tell him: “I actually not very sure, why don’t you help me up and see.” I tell you he will runaway as fast as he can.
    This people eat full nothing to do.

  2. Hi Peter
    Never mind , hey ya know my bro still gets those kinda comments too.

    But you know I’ve been asked some stupid things
    in my time .

    Take care ok

  3. another answer would be “you think i like to sit here to move around?”

    there are many strange people running around asking stupid Qs.

  4. We must excuse people who ask questions like this. They are ignorant, curious and trying to be friendly at the same time.

  5. And the other day I saw one 4WD parking itself on that parking space with a wheelchair symbol. A man came down walking with a Bluetooth headset on his ear. The Bluetooth radiation must have fried his brain.

    *shake head*

  6. Doc,
    A lot of people have no qualms about parking in the handicapped lots even though they are not physically disabled in any way. Previously, I got my friends to use those thinking I am entitled to it. I was mistaken. Now, whenever I go out with friends, I ask them to park in the non-designated lots. Those with the wheelchair logo should be reserved solely for disabled drivers especially those using wheelchairs.

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