I decided that I would post a Missed Connection on Craigslist whenever a stranger doubts my disability or belittles me. Here is the flagship post followed by a transcription. (I never did hear from this woman)
You asked for a light – then treated me like a dog – m4w – 40 (Logan Sq)
You are a stout black woman in her 30s-40s. You wore a white v-neck shirt. Maybe you had glasses.
I am a blind man with a red mustache walking with a cane and wearing plaid golf pants and a metal band t-shirt and sunglasses.
You asked me for a light and then went on to demean me and act like a total fucking asshole.
You asked if I could see you and I said “Kinda.”
You then tried to pull one over on me by snapping your fingers and making me guess where you were standing.
It was infuriating.
i was walking with my son.
Thanks for pulling this shit in front of him. What a great thing to bond over.
I did not feel comfortable saying this to you in front of him, but now..
I am not a fucking animal, nor am I a hobo willing to dance for a can of beans.
All I wanted to do was ask if you could see my tongue and then spit a huge gob of loogy into your stupid face.
I haven’t encountered this kind of disrespect since grade school.
I can only imagine that most of your family think you’re an asshole and don’t invite you to Thanksgiving dinner.
the people you work with probably say all kinds of shit about you behind your back.
They probably say that you suck at your job because you are too preoccupied with pointing out other people’s short comings and yet you still don’t know how to punch your time card without calling a manager.
Little do you know, but your coworkers are conspiring to get you fired because they are sick of your immature shit.
They’re working with your cousin and younger sister on framing you for stealing liverwurst from the deli. You LOVE liverwurst, I’m sure, but after this all goes down you won’t even be able to stand the thought of it.
But guess what?
Turkey is going to be replaced with liverwurst this Thanksgiving and you’re finally invited to the table!
Looks like I win.
Blind Guy Just Trying To Live His Life
PS: There are tactful and nice ways to ask a blind person about their vision.
Blindness has a very broad definition. It is worth noting that there are thousands of ways in which someone is visually impaired. It is very interesting. Read up on it while you still have your sight.