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Question Of The Day: Amusement Park Lines [Pic]

I-A-B Question of the Day: The Great Wheelchair Debate--A Two-Parter

Long story short, I-A-B. I was at a local amusement park this past weekend and was standing in line for over two hours with friends for a new ride that just opened. I personally would never have waited for 30 minutes let alone over 2 hours, but the couple that I was with had kids and they REALLY wanted to go on this particular ride that had just debuted.

As we get closer to the head of the queue, a family of four approach the head of the line and enter in the designated wheelchair access entrance. The ride attendant opens the gate, allows the family with the wheelchair in (the mom was in the wheelchair) and all four family members get the next car. Here's the thing, the mom was able to "gingerly" lift herself from the wheelchair into the attraction's car.

WTF! I get that people that are permanently in wheelchairs should get preferential treatment, but if you're able to get in and out of a wheelchair on your own accord, should you get the same advantages that true handicapped people get?

And this leads me to my second question. If handicapped people want to be treated equally, shoudn't they have to stand in line like the rest of us able-bodied chumps?

Where do you stand on the wheelchair issue, I-A-B?

I-A-B, should everyone in a wheelchair get to go to the front of a ride`s queue without waiting like everyone else?

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Male, 40-49, Europe
 12381 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 5:00:16 PM
the woman, with no help from anyone else, was able to get out of her wheel chair and onto the ride, which sounds TO ME like shes a perfectly capbably human being who just didnt feel like waiting like everyone else.

Which only means that YOU are ignorant.

Here's a fairly common example:

A person can walk some yards if they`ve got something to hold them up and they can take the pain. So they can get themself from a wheelchair into a chair in a ride next to it. They can`t stand unaided and they can`t stand supported for more than a few minutes and they can`t manage more than a few yards holding onto something.

That isn`t a hypothetical example. I know people like that. There are many more people like that who I don`t know. There are a fair few medical conditions that have that sort of result.

Some people with no use of their legs at all could probably move from one chair to another purely with upper body strength.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 232 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 3:55:25 PM
I have acute cerebral palsy, I can walk but i drag my feet and my balance is poo, when I was younger (I'm 28 now)and less active it was way worse. when I was younger we went to Disney world and I was in a wheelchair because walking the park would have been damn near impossible having one of my parents forced to lug me around once my legs gave. I do believe there are people who milk the system but I also believe I`ve earned the right to park a little closer (yes I do drive), I don`t use the handicapped entrances into rides anymore because I don`t need to but more power to those who really need it, whether they look like they need it or not I`d give you my 28 years of CP if it meant I could have done lots of stuff as a kid and I`m sure anyone with a legit disability would agree.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 767 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 1:49:43 AM
Just how many wheel chair handicaps cut in each day?
I thought so . . . shut up and wait!

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2653 Posts
Friday, July 20, 2012 4:49:05 PM
Meh who cares. I figure if you are disabled you already have most everything in life more difficult than a normal healthy person does. Why does this bother anyone that's not handicapped again?

Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 147 Posts
Friday, July 20, 2012 1:58:22 PM
I think this needs to be said...you can't make everyone happy!!
This is a major part of why we don`t have world peace, people will always see themselves as more needy, more important than the person next to them.
If we would all just understand that it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around and look the other way instead of making an issue.
Did anyone care to ask her how she was disabled??...nope not one, maybe if you heard her story you would feel compassion for her, but instead you make assumptions, and of course not in her favor of what is wrong...she could look healthy and lively but may have only weeks to live...would you feel pity for her then and not feel bad that her family only has so much time with her and going to the front of the line helped make the occasion better, so be it. You don`t walk in her shoes, nor anyone elses, just grow up and learn to accept things as they are, not what they should be!!!

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