Since January 4th 2011 when I started this blog in my lounge room in Nambour on the sunshine coast Queensland Australia,, out of the almost 3,000 posts the most regular topic of complaint by readers has been no ramps, or ramps used as tables space for restaurants, or dangerous ramps and the owner of the businesses attitude when the deficiency is pointed out.
The number one abuse received in reply to those stories and replies has been
“WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO TELL HARD WORING BUSINESS PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAVE TO BUILD AND WHO THEY HAVE TO SERVE”
The same replies were used in the black civil rights fight of the 1960’s when the new laws said you could not refuse to serve people of color and again in brown v the board of education when segregation of schools became illegal.
WE DON’T SERVE YOUR KIND HERE are the five most heinous words in the English language ever strung together into a sentence, and this week in Arizona they tried to make those words acceptable under law with the “we don’t serve gays here because were christian” thank who ever you pray to it was vetoed by Arizonas governor.
People this week are watching the Russians invade the Crimean peninsula of the Ukraine a sovereign country, and people on twitter are saying “but Russia is democratic, the wall come down”.
If you believe Russia is democratic because the wall came down, you probably believe there is no racism in America, and women have equal rights and pay, and gays are accepted everywhere?
Well if those are your beliefs keep walking, follow the yellow brick road and you’ll meet a lion a tin man and scarecrow because you live in oz and believe in fairy tales.
Why do we have the right to tell hard working businessmen what they must build and who they cannot refuse to serve? Because they are human, and when it comes to money the average human will take the shortest route to the largest pile of cash in the quickest time and not care who they walk over or shit on to get there.
Don’t believe me? Well I recently ate at newyorks most famous hotels number one fine dining establishment, and we were comped as guests of the house but if we had to pay our tab would have been over $500. The highly trained wait staff because the law says they get tips do not have to be paid more than $2 and some change per hour?
We recently spent a week in south Carolina the best coffee shop in town (Beaufort) charged New York prices,the building was made to look antebellum but was a new structure so the occupants had a say in construction and it had stairs at the entry that not even stuntmen in wheelchairs like wheelz fotheringham could ascend and their response was “well bless your heart honey but it ain’t worth the money we don’t get your kind much” Once I crawled up the stairs, they had a disabled bathroom in a room no wheelchair could with any dignity ever enter but it was filled with chairs and collapsible tables.
These people whether in the deep south or not, still live in the United states and as such are governed under the Americans with disabilities act and all relevant laws of health and building and fire codes and lets not forget common decency. I added the last because while not illegal, any establishment that seats 200 and makes $500 minimum per couple and charges $2,000 a night for a room but pays the waiters $2 an hour has no morals, no ethics and as I said will shit on anyone for the almighty dollar.
I come from the land down under to quote the rock group men at work, our minimum wage is $16 an hour and some change, and we have similar cost of living and yes we tip our waiters and no restaurant owner eats from the garbage for that.
So why do I feel I have the right to tell owners what to build? because if someone doesn’t watch every move they make they will cut every corner they can to get open. Ninety nine percent of owners without ramps will tell me their building was grandfathered in under the ADA, the ADA is clear in capital letters there is no grandfathering. They will claim “it was like this when I brought it” hey I can buy a car with no doors or exhaust but it’s still illegal to drive.
We the people learned during the civil rights fight just because it’s law doesn’t mean a magic wand gets waved and everyone complies. So yes I’ll keep writing ,I’ll keep naming and shaming until suddenly the world falls into line in other words until the twelfth of never.