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?