A wheelchair user took to Reddit recently with an interesting story. Their story involves an entitled woman who tried to use their wheelchair because they were too tired!
She’s an Independent Woman
Our storyteller is a feisty and independent female wheelchair user in her late 20s.
She explains, “An L2 spinal cord injury paralyzed [her].”
Hobbies and Side Hustles
She rents a display space in an antique/consignment store with her husband for their collective side hustles.
She likes to quilt and crochet, while her husband sells custom diecast cars and diorama supplies.
They maintain their display space and restock it every few weeks.
A Massive Antique Store
This antique store is enormous and can be a bit of a maze!
With hundreds of vendor stalls, most people walked the store looking at each one, logging at least 6 miles in the process.
For that reason, the store has designated “rest stops” throughout the aisles, one of which is across from their rented space.
It doesn’t provide mobility aids for customers, so it’s a bring-your-own policy if you need a walker or wheelchair.
During a restocking day, the opening poster’s (OP’s) husband left to take a box he’d been moving stock in back out to their van, leaving her alone in their space.
As she was sorting through her box, she heard someone huffing behind her.
She didn’t pay too much attention to it, thinking someone might have been taking a break at the rest stop. But the person approached her and asked if the store had wheelchairs for people to use.
OP looked up and saw an elderly couple across from their space.
The old man was standing next to the bench, looking annoyed, while the woman had flopped on the bench in an ‘I can’t take another step’ kinda way.
OP was concerned that the woman might be having a medical issue.
So, she asked if she was okay and was about to tell her or her partner to use the phone above the bench to reach the staff desk for help.
But this woman, a “speak to the manager” character called Helen, interrupted and exclaimed, “This store is too big!! I can’t walk anymore!”
Needs a Wheelchair
OP suggested that the store had a chair for medivac use and that one of the employees could bring it to Helen if she needed help leaving.
But this woman was not done shopping and wanted to know if the store had any wheelchairs to borrow.
OP explained that they didn’t provide them because of issues with rowdy kids riding mobility scooters. However, if Helen used the phone above the bench, she could ask a staff member for help.
The woman seemed to be thinking about her options, so OP went back to her work.
An Outrageous Request
That’s when Helen made her outrageous request.
“What about the wheelchair you’re sitting in?” she asked.
“This is my personal wheelchair; it doesn’t belong to the store,” OP replied.
“Can I borrow it?” Helen asked.
“What?” OP said, shocked. Surely this woman wasn’t asking to take her chair to go shopping?
“I want to use the wheelchair,” Helen insisted. “You’re young enough that you could stand to walk for a bit. I’ll bring it back.”
OP couldn’t believe what she was hearing! “Ma’am, I cannot stand at all. I’ve been a paraplegic since I was 12,” she said.
“This wheelchair is not store issued. It’s my personal property that costs a LOT of money. If you call the staff, maybe they can let you use the medical chair, or maybe they know of one someone has in their space that you can buy. But I will not give you my chair, and I cannot help you.”
An Angry Exit
At this point, OP had enough. She rolled out of their space and headed towards the vendor door, leaving Helen on the bench, furious.
She finishes her story by saying, “Rumor has it that she’s still sitting on the bench waiting for someone to give her a wheelchair!”
You Have to Laugh at the Audacity
OP couldn’t help but feel amused and annoyed at Helen’s audacity.
Who in their right mind would ask a stranger to borrow their personal wheelchair?
She wanted to go back and give her a piece of her mind. But she realized that it wasn’t worth her time and energy. She had more important things to focus on, like her side hustle and enjoying her day!
The Internet Responds
Reddit users couldn’t believe how entitled Helen was! One user said, “She actually had the nerve to tell someone in a wheelchair to stand up and give it to her. Seriously. I understand that not everyone in a wheelchair can’t stand up my mum uses one most of the time due to issues with her back and walking but she can stand up, but why would you assume they could and demand it for yourself because your old and fat.”
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