via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B825RKGJma_/ Now that the wonderful baristas have addressed it, and I have processed it fully, I can address it myself: I was harassed for being disabled today.
I was transitioning from working on the podcast (@theremightbecupcakes) to working on my novel. I ordered my second coffee, and wheeled 🦽 over to trash my first glass. I am always very careful of my surroundings, and super careful to be a courteous wheelchair driver. I would be mortified if I ever ran over someone or their belongings, or ever even got in their way. An unattended open coffee was at the coffee station/trash, but no one was nearby, so I wheeled up in my manual chair and as I was reaching to throw away my trash, the owner of the coffee returned, apparently offended that I was between him and it.
He said, and I am paraphrasing now, because it’s been hours and it was so upsetting, “You shouldn’t expect to worry about getting run over in Starbucks.”
I was dumbfounded into inaction. I rolled backwards a little and said something inane like “wow”. He grumbled something else about me under his breath, made his coffee, and left.
I didn’t want to say anything, but the baristas have really come to like me as a regular, and this sign was staring me in the face. So I told my new friend amongst them, and he and they all came to my defense. I was told later to point the gentleman out if I ever saw him again. Thank y’all, you made me feel safe and comfortable and welcome again. I’m glad I told you, although it was embarrassing. @starbucks, you have wonderful inclusive employees at the Abbey Road, Charlottesville, VA branch. Thanks to them I was able to relax again and write over 3000 words of my novel.
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