A 22-year-old blind woman was traveling with her guide dog when she was subjected to the foulest of treatments by a passenger on a bus.
Megan Taylor was sworn at after boarding a bus in Merseyside, England with her black guide dog Rowley.
The female passenger shouted at Megan to get her “f*****g dog off this bus,” and according to The Daily Mail, the woman claimed that the dog couldn’t be a guide dog because it was black.
Naturally, Megan was very shocked and frightened and tried to explain that because she suffers with episodic blindness, Rowley is there to help her with the disability.
Megan said to the newspaper that the woman then called her a liar because “guide dogs are yellow Labradors and your dog is black.”
“I tried to explain to her that guide and assistance dogs can be any color and don’t have to be Labradors, although Rowley is. She told me I was wrong,” Megan explained to the Daily Mail.
Megan relies on two-year-old Rowley for help with her disability – a head injury that she sustained at 15 years old which has left her with episodic blindness.
“I suffered multiple fractures to my skull in the incident which left me with multiple disabilities and medical conditions including hearing loss, impaired balance, frequent fainting attacks, vertigo, and episodic blindness,” she explained to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first negative experience Megan has faced on public transport – and it has left her hesitant to use it.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a stress free trip on public transport, that’s why I’m so nervous when using it now,” she said.
Megan added, “On other occasions, I have been spat at, stepped over, pushed out of the way and accused of being ‘another drunk youth’ when losing consciousness due to my heart condition and neurological disorder. I try to stay positive and not let incidents such as what happened get me down because I am not ashamed of my disability.”
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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