As a disabled citizen and student, I feel that the added inconvenience of not being able to use my cell phone or computer is disappointing when power supplies are blocked and or covered. We all know that cell phones need to be charged and computer use is on the rise, so why can’t we use the outlets?
We spend money several times a week dining, drinking coffee or whatever our cravings might be. They make enough money, so what’s the problem? Is it the increase of homeless people or just plain discrimination toward the less-than-well-off? You know, the poor people who must use these outlets to survive because they have no home? Many of whom would benefit from the use instead of establishments telling people, “I am sorry the owner doesn’t allow anyone to charge their cell phones.”
By “benefit,” I mean people would be able to connect with services and track down job opportunities. Maybe even be able to call a cop to report domestic violence or any other crime. You still get your pensions, so why not extend that helping hand? Aren’t there enough people pulling them back in the world? I travel in an electric wheelchair and, believe me, I don’t expect to get stranded after dining in any establishment after paying for quality customer service.
If one looks around, outlet boxes are locked at transit stations such as those in Tukwila, Federal Way, Kent and even Seattle. Why? Loitering, vagrancy or just plain old-fashioned discrimination? I am a paying customer. What if my chair broke down and I needed to charge my cell phone? Do you know how it feels to be in that situation? I do. My wheelchair died in Tacoma. I don’t mean the battery died; I mean the power supply died on one of the many hills in Tacoma near the library I love to study at when I am out.
Do you understand what I am saying here? The use of your outlets could mean the life or death of someone in need, or just getting aid in unfamiliar territory. Instead of looking down, lend a hand and try not to be so cheap. It’s called humanity.
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