Diatribe: Paying To Ride A Handicapped Coattail.
I’ve always loved amusement parks. I particularly enjoyed roller coasters and, because the lines of people waiting for their turn on the big roller coasters are always the longest, every trip to a theme park required quite a bit of advanced preparation. Before the internet, we had to rely on advertisements, word of mouth, and pamphlets containing maps that were distributed at rest areas and welcome centers along the highways to plan our day. (My rule was always “stay to the right and we won’t miss anything”.)
Waiting in the long lines was part of the adventure. We expected to wait and we prepared to wait. There was no such thing as “cutting in line” and everyone waited patiently for their turn.
The lines these days at Disney World are apparently longer than ever. According to the New York Post, some wealthy mothers have, allegedly, figured out a way to get around the long waits. According to the article, they hire disabled people to pose as family members in order to jump to the front of the lines. One woman in particular said she hired someone to escort her family through the park in a scooter labeled with a handicapped sign that allowed the group to enter through a special entrance at the front of each attraction.
Handicapped Floridians are being pimped out for as much as one thousand dollars per day and the people hiring the “guides” often think they’re doing them a favor. I’ve heard rumors that some of the handicapped people aren’t even handicapped at all … they’ve simply borrowed a wheelchair so they don’t have to wait in lines.
My blood boils when I see a perfectly capable person walk away from a vehicle that they’ve just parked in a space designated for handicapped drivers (I’d like to sit these lazy fools in a wheelchair, or hand them crutches, for just one day and see if they ever take a spot from a truly handicapped person again), so it’s no surprise that I find this practice despicable.
Apparently, Disney is investigating. But what can they really do? Hopefully, people with legitimate handicaps won’t be seen in a poor light as a result of this foolishness. Of course, the New York Post doesn’t have the best reputation either.
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