Today I want to write about the awful bullies I encountered while out one Friday.
I went out as normal and I took myself to a local hotel in my town called, The Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs. I picked a table and ordered my cuppa and croissant as usual. While I was sat there I came over extremely hot. This was partly because they have the heating on super high, and because I still have a temperature from my cold. At the time there was nobody else near me so I opened a window. It wasn’t cold at all, but it was nice to have a small bit of fresh air. It was open not even an inch.
A group of men came in. I always see them in there and they sat in a table well away from me. All was fine and I sat there with the window open and drank my cuppa. A good thirty minutes past and suddenly I heard them whispering away and turning to look at me. At first, I just ignored it but then the ‘whispers’ got louder and it was obvious it was so I could hear them. They said:
‘Oh God, that disabled girl has the windows open, so someplace has to tell her to shut it. I don’t care if she’s disabled, she needs to be told.’
Jeez, I wonder why I don’t go out much and I get anxious and worried people are whispering about me?!!
They then continued to whisper and giggle – poor excuses for men, I say.
As I left, I slammed the window shut, and they all turned to stare. I had to pass their table as I left, so when I did, I called them nasty bullies and small minded.
I hate bullies. What can you possibly gain from making someone else feel worthless??
Its really made me think if I’ll ever go in there alone as I know these ‘men’ are regulars and I don’t want to be left hurt and upset again. I did mention it to management but I doubt anything will be done.
Everyone is dealing with something, so maybe try to be kinder to everyone you meet, as you don’t know whats going on with them or how hard its been to simply make themselves get up that morning and go outside. Don’t judge what you don’t know!!
Have you ever encountered upsetting or bullying behavior ? How did it make you feel as someone with a disability? Let us know in the comments below, and many thanks to Jo for her contribution to the site today.