A blind dad was left ‘humiliated’ after rude commuters refused to give up their seats for him and his guide dog, Kika – despite some even being sat in an area designated as disability priority.
Irritatingly for him, it’s not the first time something like this has happened, either – as such incidents have become a ‘daily occurrence’.
Even though life is ‘difficult enough’ for Amit Patel as it is, things only got worse when he found that nobody would free up a seat for him on a Southeastern train.
“People can be so selfish,” Amit said in a tweet.
“They pretend they can’t see or hear when I ask if there’s a seat available.
“It’s so humiliating when I struggle to hold onto something and keep Kika safe at the same time, this is when you’ll see a tear running down my face. Life is difficult enough.”
The 37-year-old became blind five years ago after suffering a haemmorrhage behind his eyes.
Amit had commanded his loyal guide dog to find him a seat, but Kika was unable to – as no one would offer up their seat.
Tweeting about the ordeal from the guide dog’s own account, Amit explained what had happened:
We walked to the end of the platform in the pouring rain so that we can board the designated disabled section on the @Se_Railway train & even with dad giving me the command “find a seat” not one passenger gave up their seat! 😡😤😢@GuidedogsLondon @guidedogs @transportforall pic.twitter.com/MHl0xtw6fU
— Kika 🇬🇧 (@Kika_GuideDog) March 27, 2018
From his own account, Amit added: “Thank you all for you kind messages unfortunately being ignored when asking for a seat is a daily occurrence for us.
“I was very upset yesterday as the floor on the train was slippery, Kika kept sliding and she was obviously distressed. She looks after me everyday and I felt useless.
“One small act of kindness could have turned the situation around completely.”
In a later tweet, Amit simply said that one small act of kindness could have ‘turned this situation around completely’.
A Southeastern spokesman told the Mirror: “We would hope that people use their judgement and give up seats to passengers who may have a greater need, and we’re sorry to hear that Mr Patel experienced an awkward journey on this occasion.
“We’re already rolling out clearer priority seat signage on the trains that don’t already have it to make it more visible.
“As well as priority seats, we offer priority seating cards and priority seat badges that our passengers can show to another passenger sitting in a priority seat, without causing a fuss or having to explain themselves.”