AWKWARD MOMENT AT A LONDON TRAIN STATION: Because the lift was faulty, wheelchair user Jenny Berry had no choice but to crawl up the long stairs by herself. She did not have to rely on the cooperation of the employees, on the contrary… When the physical effort was over, two employees announced that the technical problem had been fixed and that they could “now use the elevator.” They couldn't suppress their laughter at that. “Their reaction bothers me more than anything else,” says the 29-year-old.
Perry was stranded on Thursday evening at Dalston Junction, a London Overground railway station (analogous to the S-line, suburban trains on the NMBS; editor). Since her hotel was nearby, she opted for extreme pain. So lie on your butt and lift yourself up step by step.
Just when Perry was three steps from the top, two employees wearing orange jackets appeared. “They asked me if I didn’t know that the lift had been down for a month. I said that I didn’t live in the area and that I didn’t keep track of which lifts in London were working or not. There was also no warning sign.”
“You hear them laughing”
The 29-year-old had been sweating for fifteen minutes at that point. “Then the technician suddenly reported that the elevator was working again. The duo seemed to find it funny, and you can clearly hear them laughing in the video.
For Perry, the incident was clearly too much. “People with disabilities face these kinds of scenes all the time. I can still manage myself, but a lot of people are unable to do that. But what bothers me most is the way I was treated.”
Perry received many expressions of support, but here and there there was also rebuke. The entire Calvary procession has been filmed, can't this person help her? “This is the only way to prosecute this kind of malpractice. By the way, she was a colleague, she doesn't have the strength to drag me up those stairs,” was the clear response.
Perry developed a neurological condition after an accident in December 2017. She has since been paralyzed from the waist down. She often describes the obstacles that come her way on social media.
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