I live in a big city, where it’s not uncommon to be grocery shopping and pass someone in a wheelchair or using one of those motorized carts. Sometimes, as I’m shopping, looking through the vast array of pasta sauces and taco seasonings, I’ll notice said person looking WAY up, near the top shelves. I’ll often politely ask, “Is there anything you need help reaching?” Most of the time, the answer is no, they were just looking, but sometimes it’s a smile and a relieved, “Oh, yes, would you mind?” So I’ll get the item, smile, and hand it to the person, or put it in their basket, depending on how heavy it is, if they nod towards the basket, etc.
I suppose they could ask someone who works there for aid, but I know how hard it is tracking down an employee sometimes. It just seems like a little thing I can do to make life a little easier. Heck, I’ve made the same offer for short people.
But now this thread and this one have me worried. Am I being rude? Am I drawing unwanted attention to their disability? I really don’t want to get caught in a PC trap, but I also want to be sensitive to folks’ feelings.
If you have a disability, would my actions embarrass you? Does anyone else offer a hand?