Alright. Let me explain you a thing. Hang on, where’s Eleven?
There we go! Now, I hate to be the boring one who’s going to ruin the joke for everyone. But that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Sorry.
1. Not everyone who is in a wheelchair is permanently disabled.
Many people, myself included, have the ability to stand and even walk short distances. Hence, there’s nothing saying that a woman cannot stand up for a brief moment in order to reach something from the top shelf. Yes, I understand, it’s alcohol!
2. Let’s make Sherlock proud and do some deducting, shall we?
The woman’s spine is twisted. She is leaning against the shelf for support. And you can see how the lower part of her spine/bottom is arched out, meaning that she is leaning forward and putting a majority of her weight into her arm as she twists to use the other arm to reach for the bottle. She is standing a few inches away from the wheelchair which means that she probably put the brakes on, stood up, clutched onto the shelf for support, and used her other hand to reach for the bottle.
3. Is anyone going to talk about the fact that there is a person on the left side of the frame and clearly a person taking the photo?
The person that we see is walking away and of course the other person is careless enough to take the photograph.
4. Hey how about a guilt trip?
Imagine that you’re as old as the woman in the wheelchair. Perhaps it is your daughter’s birthday or you’re throwing a get-together for you and a few friends. You have gotten everything except the wine to toast. You enter a store and see a bottle that you like. Unfortunately, it is on the top shelf and you are in a wheelchair. So you shakily stand up, using your left hand to clutch onto the shelf as you try to reach towards that bottle of wine. Meanwhile, another customer will walk right past you and somebody will be heartless enough to take a photo of you, posting it online where it will soon become a cruel meme.
Now, obviously that’s not the real story. So what is? No idea. I don’t know and neither do you. For all we know, she could actually be faking a disability and subsequently slips up in the alcohol aisle. For all we know, powers that are beyond our understanding could have performed a miracle to allow her to spontaneously leap up and grab said bottle. But until we know, it’s cruel and ignorant to keep posting this picture.
^ THIS. ALL OF THIS.
This shit pisses me off to no end. There is a huge difference between standing up for a few seconds to grab something off a shelf and walking for an extended period of time.
Wheelchairs, crutches, canes, etc. are mobility aids. They are meant to assist you in being more mobile. Being able forgo that assistance momentarily does not mean that you don’t need it. You could go a few days without eating, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need food.
And for those thinking, “Well, she probably just didn’t want help. Surely someone would have helped her if she wanted them to.” They might have. If she explicitly asked for it. And if they were paying any attention.
I do not use a wheelchair myself, but I am very short. Grocery shopping is an adventure that usually required performing some potentially hazardous acrobatic maneuvers in order to get things off the top shelf. I could literally count the number of times I have been offered assistance in my entire life on one hand. Occasionally, when I simply could not climb high enough or stretch far enough, I have asked nearby strangers for help only to be ignored. Sometimes people will even lean past you to get something while ignoring you. And I’m just short.
^^ ALL THIS!! I’ve gotten so much CRAP from people for standing up while in a scooter!! JFC
^^^^^ reblogging for commentary, I don’t even need to add anything besides “fuck you” to anyone who judges someone without knowing their full story.