A disabled man has criticised Tesco…For having no disabled access? That’s dreadful, fire up the protest groups and…
… for failing to provide a mobility scooter.Well, that’s a nice thing for them to do, but it’s not a right.
John Noskavich-Smith, 49, of Gorse Walk, Colchester, said most times he had visited the Colchester Hythe store, in Greenstead Road, no scooters were available.Does that placate Mr Noskavich-Smith? Well, what do you think?
Tesco apologised but said one of its scooter had been vandalised and the other was broken.
Mr Noskavich-Smith, who struggles to walk on crutches, said: “It has happened nearly every time I have been in the last three or four months.No, all shops are meant to provide access for disabled people. Which they do.
“I have been paying someone £5 to go with me. I have to pay for a cab there, pay for someone to help me shop and for a cab home. Where have equal rights gone? All shops are meant to cater for disabled people.”
If they go further than that – in an effort to attract customers like Mr Noskavich-Smith, though god alone knows why they bother – that’s nice, but it doesn't make it a right that you can insist on.
Nor is it a setback for equal rights.
A Tesco spokesman said: “We are sorry we were unable to help Mr Noskavich-Smith and have apologised. In the meantime, both mobility scooters have been fixed.”See, all resolved.
So, what’s the problem? Why the need to get your name in the papers whinging? Or where you hoping for compensation too?