People online have exploded after video shows a commuter in the UK demand a blind man move his guide dog so he could get past him at a train station, the Daily Mail reported.
37-year-old Amit Patel lost his sight five years ago. He was on an escalator at the London Bridge station when he was rudely asked to move. Patel, a former doctor was accused of being in the way. A Transport for London worker defended Patel.
The footage was captured by a camera fitted on his dog Kirka’s collar.
If you see a #GuideDog on a escalator please wait patiently behind. Under no circumstance should you try to push through! I’m trained to hold my ground to keep dad & myself safe. Great job by @TfL staff who was with us 👍 @guidedogs @GuidedogsLondon @transportforall #LondonBridge pic.twitter.com/zny8J6zisI— Kika 🇬🇧 (@Kika_GuideDog) February 7, 2018
People in the UK are expected to stand on the right side so fast past movers can rush quickly on the left side.
But as people are expected to stand on the right on London Underground escalators to allow fast movers to pass by on the left, the commuter became enraged that he was being delayed.
The video shocked and outraged thousands who couldn't believe their eyes.
"I’m touched by the incredible amount of support we’ve received. These types of incidents really knock my confidence but you’d never know it as I put on a brave face, " Patel told the Daily Mail. Adding, "In reality, I feel like a terrified little boy inside. I hope this serves as a little reminder to slow down."
Beautiful and intelligent dog. Sorry for your experience, the vast majority of us are considerate ☺— Sheetal (DnbDiva222) (@SheetalPatel17) February 8, 2018
I wanted to say that I couldn’t believe people would be so inconsiderate but then I realised it wouldn’t be true. To actually suggest you leave go of the handrail - words fail me!— Elizabeth Garland (@coldasice58) February 7, 2018
I'm so glad the blind person had backup from bystanders. I hope it made it a lot less scary.— Ailbhe Leamy (Readifood SMS 70070 RFFB24 £10) (@artbyailbhe) February 7, 2018