You’d think most people on the street would be inclined to help a disabled person with a guide dog, especially in a busy city, but unfortunately, the world can be a pretty upsetting place these days.
A heartbreaking example of this is the video Amit Patel recorded on a GoPro attached to his guide dog, Kika, as they did their daily commute around London during rush hour. The 37-year-old A&E doctor, which is the same as an E.R. doctor in the United States, lost his sight back in 2012 and wanted to show the world exactly how people treat others with disabilities in everyday life.
Patel strapped the camera to Kika and set out on the street and record the type of abuse and criticism he faces constantly. “People barged me out of the way, Kika got abused, hit with umbrellas, bags,” he told Mashable. The former doctor told Mashable one terrible incident occurred when a woman berated him in public for holding up people on an escalator. “I was with my 2-month old baby on my chest, the dog on the left side blocking the escalator. A lady came running behind us. I told her I couldn’t walk up the escalator because of my dog. She had a go, saying was going to miss the train because of my dog,” Patel said.
Although he revealed that 99% of people he encounters are usually kind, patient and respectful, the 1% of those who are “rude and arrogant” can be difficult to live with. The video below reveals a unique look at the world from the eyes of someone who can’t see how evil the world can be.
Check it out and let us know if this perspective changes anything for you.
[Featured Image: Twitter / @Kika_GuideDog]