[bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

  • From: "Rose Combs" <rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 19:19:50 -0700

I had been given some gift certificates for one of the higher-end stores in
the area, a store I generally do not shop at.  My husband and I had looked
at clothes but everything seemed very expensive for what you were getting,
paying $50 for a T-shirt just did not do anything for me.  The perfume
counter is another story.  I was going to see if I could get a different
scent, and we asked to see something.  the clerk grabbed a card, slapped me
in the face with it and said that is what it smells like.  Well, I left the
store, gave the gift certificates to a co-worker for a favor and have never
been back to that store, but, before I left I did ask to see the manager.  I
don't know what happened to the clerk, but, I do know a couple of customers
overheard my explaining to the manager why I was leaving and they left too.


Rose Combs

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[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 4:23 PM
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Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

That is a humiliating experience your professor had. I got a lot of that
when I was in school; I was called "that thing" by kids who had obviously
never dealt with disabled people; even in college when attending something
with my room mate, kids from the nearby University of California sat near us
specifically to make fun of us; my room mate was sighted, but they made fun
of her helping me. I even got some of it in the work place. I even got
humiliated by a couple of kids at a Billy Graham meeting one time who
obviously had no training in how to deal with disabled people; we aren't
supposed to hear them when they say offensive things about us and are
standing a few feet away, and these kids were the ones who were "trained" to
wander around, pestering people to "make a decision". It's all in the past
though, so I chalk it up to ignorance. Just because somebody goes to church
doesn't mean they can't be mean. I can too, I admit; when cult members come
to my door, I slam it in their faces, and I am grateful they don't come
back. There is a time to be firm and assertive; if you don't stand your
ground with some people, they'll walk all over you and enjoy it.
Mary, who really hates being confrontational but there's a time and place
for everything. 

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