Bus passenger told blind woman to remove guide dog from bus because it was black
When Megan Taylor was 15 years old, she suffered a serious head injury, which created several medical problems: hearing loss, impaired balance, frequent fainting attacks, vertigo and 'episodic blindness.' "I can temporarily lose my sight without warning at any time, which is truly terrifying," Megan told The Liverpool Echo. "Even when I can see I become so dizzy and disoriented when walking that I bump into obstacles and trip over things."
As a result of her disability, Megan uses an assistant dog to help her with daily tasks. The dog helps her pick things up, get undressed, untie her shoes, empty the washing machine and phone for help in the event she faints. "People should know assistance dogs come in many shapes and sizes and are trained to support people with a range of disabilities," said Megan. "Just like a wheelchair, walking stick, or pair of glasses, they are important and vital auxiliary aids and as such are legally permitted to accompany their disabled owner in all public places."
On Monday, Megan, who is 22 years old, experienced an awful situation while riding public transportation. As usual, she boarded the bus with her guide dog, a two-year-old black labrador named Rowle. However, a passenger did not think that Rowley could be a guide dog, because he's black, not yellow.
Megan says that an unnamed woman confronted her and asked, "Why is there a f***ing dog on the bus? Get it off." The St. Helens, Merseyside native attempted to "politely" explain that Rowley was her assistance dog. But still, the woman persisted, calling 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 been any colour and don't have to be labradors, although Rowley is," Megan told the media outlet. "She told me I was wrong. I decided at this point there was nothing I could say to educate this woman and that it wasn't worth my time. I instead chose to ignore her while she continued to talk nonsense."
Due to her condition, Megan needs to use assistance dogs to feel confident and safe. It sucks a a nosy bus passenger decided to give her so much trouble, bu she says she's gotten used to these experiences while riding public transportation. "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 told The Liverpool echo.
"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," she continued. "I try to stay positive and not let incidents such as what happened get me down because I am not ashamed of my disability. Despite having so many negative experiences, I know that these people are the minority. Most people are good and kind."
If only people were as loving as dogs.