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A Blind Man Was Left in Tears After No One Got up on the Train for Him
Amit Patel, a blind man, was left in tears when no one on the Southeastern train stood up for him and his guide dog, Kika.

Amit Patel, a blind man, was left in tears when no one stood up for him and his guide dog, Kika, in the disabled priority section on the Southeastern train.

Amit Patel was not given a seat on the train. (Source: Twitter)

No one on the Southeastern train stood up for him. (Source: Twitter)

The 37-year-old was traveling to Waterloo East with his guide dog Kika, on Tuesday, when the incident occurred. Despite being in the designated disability priority section, no one from the passengers agreed to give Patel a seat.

He was forced to stand “with his back against the doors” while his dog Kika was “sliding all over the place as the floor was wet.”

Amit’s guide dog, Kika.(Source: Twitter)

Patel usually posts pictures and videos of his commute to different places on his Twitter Account. He also handles the Twitter account for Kika, where regarding the incident, he urged people to have some humanity.

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The 37-year-old was traveling to Waterloo East. (Source: Twitter)

He tweeted, “We walked to the end of the platform in the pouring rain so that we can board the designated disabled section on the @Se_Railway train & even with dad giving me the command “find a seat” not one passenger gave up their seat!@GuidedogsLondon @guidedogs @transportforall”

 

Amit got blind five years ago.(Source: Twitter)

Kika added, “Dad had to stand with his back against the doors whilst trying not to slip & I was sliding all over the place as the floor was wet. Have some humanity people! @GuidedogsLondon @GuidedogsLondon @Se_Railway @transportforall”

Amit Patel was left in tears to see this “selfish” act by people. (Source: Twitter)

Patel also said, “It’s so humiliating when I struggle to find something to hold onto & keep Kika safe at the same time. This is when you’ll see a tear running down my face.”

Patel lost his eyesight after he got blind because of a hemorrhage behind his eyes. He called the “selfish” act of the people to be unbelievable, as he posted the pictures of the incident and the people involved, which he had taken from his ‘Seeing AI’ camera technology.

He also added, “People can be so selfish, they pretend they can’t see or hear when I ask if there’s a seat available. It’s so humiliating when I struggle to find something to hold onto & keep Kika safe at the same time, this is when you’ll see a tear running down my face. Life is difficult enough”

Patel stated that a small gesture towards kindness could help turn the situation around. He also thanked everyone for their kind messages on Twitter and said that ‘asking for a seat is a daily occurrence’ for him and Kika.

In regards to this incident, a Southeastern spokesman said, “We would hope that people use their judgment and give up seats to passengers who may have a greater need, and we’re sorry to hear that Mr. Patel experienced an awkward journey on this occasion.We’re already rolling out clearer priority seat signage on the trains that don’t already have it to make it more visible.”

He added, “As well as priority seats, we offer priority seating cards and priority seat badges that our passengers can show to another passenger sitting in a priority seat, without causing a fuss or having to explain themselves.”

Amit Patel with his wife, Seema. (Source: Twitter)

Amit at the Asian Network Live. (Source: Twitter)

In February, an old man ordered Patel and his dog Kika to move out of his way on the escalator to the tube station. He also posted an incident where he was standing on a bus station for 20 minutes, and no one informed him that the stop was closed.

(Source: Twitter)

People on Twitter poured in support for Amit. (Source: Twitter)

After Patel and his dog hit the headlines, people came in and poured their sorrow and support and criticised ones for doing such a thing to the disabled.

One of the user even described his experience of traveling in London.

Another user questioned the human race for such an indecent act.

Another criticized the train and its management department.


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  • Lelia Chan
    April 4, 2018

    Amit: don\’t be distressed. Those are handicaps. Let them sit. They need the chair more than you do. Kika knows very well these people….

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