Sometimes, there are people who are restoring our faith in humanity, but most of the time, the people in our surroundings are the ones who are making us lose our faith in humanity. Just like what had happened to this blind man when he took a train with his guide dog.
A 37-year-old blind man recently took to social media to share his heartbreaking experience in riding the train. According to his post, he rode the train with his guide dog and asked the people to offer him a seat. However, the people pretended like they didn’t hear anything.
He was devastated by what had happened and so the blind man decided to use his social media account to express his sadness over what happened. He wrote: ““People can be so selfish, they pretend they can’t see or hear when I ask if there’s a seat available,” Amit Patel tweeted. “It’s so humiliating when I struggle to find something to hold onto & keep [my guide dog] safe at the same time, this is when you’ll see a tear running down my face. Life is difficult enough.”
Apparently, Amit Patel, the blind man, was an A&E doctor before he lost sight when he developed keratoconus. EVer since he lost his sight, he got himself Kika who happens to be one of the 5% of guide dogs who were trained to take their owners on escalators
“Losing my sight was very lonely,” the man added. “If I’m travelling by public transport, I’m sometimes like a scared little boy.”
He claims that when he rode the train, he was forced to stand with his back while his guide dog tries hard not to slip on the wet floor.
He added more details on his experience through Kika’s Twitter account. He wrote: “We walked to the end of the platform in the pouring rain so that we can board the designated disabled section on the @Se_Railway train and even with dad giving me the command ‘find a seat’ not one passenger gave up their seat.”
After he took to social media to share his experience, people started giving him kind words.
Read the tweets from the netizens:
The blind man then thanked everyone for their words and stated that being ignored has been a part of their daily life.
“Thank you all for your kind messages, unfortunately, being ignored when asking for a seat is a daily occurrence for us.”
“One small act of kindness could have turned the situation around completely.”
This isn’t the first time that he had a bad experience in public. There was a time when he installed a camera on his dog and captured people who are being inconsiderate when he stood on the escalator with his guide dog.