A taxi driver refused to take a blind man and his guide dog to the Labour Party conference in Brighton because he is afraid of dogs.Whoops! Bad time to exercise your 'fear of dogs', Mohammad Babak...
What he did not know was that John Dickinson-Lilley is a parliamentary officer for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Mr Dickinson-Lilley was at the conference to lobby ministers and MPs for improved rights for the blind and partially sighted.
As ever with these local online papers, the comments are...well, let's take a look.
There are those who believe this is a fuss over nothing:
Sweatshop Tachinardi: I cannot for the life of me see why he was fined if he really is alergic to dogs.Probably all people who'd whine about their children having to wear school uniform, or being advised by a bar 'No shirt, no service...'
Also, couldn't the man have just simply got the next cab?
Voice of Unreason: I hate dogs. So, if I became a taxi driver, do I have to allow dogs in my cab, if they are guide dogs? Because I wouldn't want one in my car either.
Living in the Real World: "victim" The only victum here is the Taxi driver if he has alliergie or fear of dogs. Just another case of PC Britian gone stark raving mad.
Then we have the people determined either not to mention the elephant in the room, or to make excuses for that elephant:
cheezburger: Lets not turn this in to an argument about Muslims. Its an argument about someone who wrongly refused service, most likely because of his religion as i stated, but the argument is the taxi driver broke the law.And then there's the people who...well, who knows:
dogs-ball: The Taxi driver should have popped his bonnet and said his car had overheated and the guy and his dog would be quicker to take the next available cab. Service is all about the perception of reality - being polite but assertive by means of ****..! As you can see by where I live and my monnicar, I have dogs and live on the Racehill. On Spring & Summer Bank Holidays there is often a large market on the Racecourse. I have stopped taking my dogs to walk (on leads) around these markets because of the large number of Middle Eastern workers and visitors that were terrified of the dogs. Even the sight of my tiny Jack Russel on a lead caused whole groups of people to cower and or cry. They were really terrified of my dogs. This upset my dogs as well - they wanted to comfort the upset people which made the whole thing worse!
SilviaMecon: Shame on this person an officer from parlaiment of uk. who made a complain on a poor taxi driver. He could have taken other cabs in the taxi rank, He wasnt in a desolation place. Now he would feel priviliges with recieving this money from the taxi driver...Another questiones came to my mind. if this person was blind how he got the taxi plate number. Has the dog tell him the plate number? and if he was a disabled, why should he tried to make the taxi driver disable?*boggle*