To make space for people with disabilities on public buses and trains is a matter of course for me. The idea of denying them access simply because I’m too lazy to move is unthinkable.
Unfortunately, it seems not everyone is of the same opinion. Every day, across the world, people with disabilities are discriminated against in one way or another.
After hearing about what happened to wheelchair user Francois Le Berre on a bus, I was left stunned by the sheer ignorance of the people onboard. When I learned what the bus driver did in response, however, my faith in a little thing called karma was perfectly restored …
Frenchman Francois Le Berre suffers from MS, a neurological disease that attacks the central nervous system over time. The severe pain has left him wheelchair bound, but he’s doing his best to adjust to a new life as a disabled person in the city of Paris.
One day, when Francois was getting on the bus, a situation developed which screams ‘nightmare scenario’ to anyone affected by a disability. The passengers on the bus refused to make room for him, meaning Francois couldn’t board with his wheelchair and thus wasn’t able to make his journey.
Bus driver’s reaction
Fortunately, the driver of the bus wasn’t of the same mindset as his passengers. Having noticed that Francois had been denied access to the bus due only to ignorant passengers, he grew furious.
“Stop. Everyone off,” is what the bus driver ordered, according to Francois’ Facebookpost about the incident.
The driver then proceeded to ensure everyone got off the bus so that Francois could board. He did so to teach them a lesson about being considerate towards others less fortunate than themselves.