A few weeks ago I was sitting with friends and some of their friends talking about things locally, one of my friend’s wife came in talking about about how she got an awesome massage at a new place today. The conversation came to to what used to be at the location, a spa that got lots of negative attention for some discriminatory behavior directed to an Autistic Child. The discriminatory behavior resulted in a social media and eventual news media firestorm which resulted in the spa being closed down due to loss of business.
Those that know me well know that disability advocacy is a hot button issue with me. If I observe any discrimination directed at anyone with a disability on the basis of their disability I typically go off a bit. Friends in the room know this and I’m sure they could see the tension building as I just sat there listening.
I listened to her say how the spa owner was right to be upset and she would of been upset if she was in the back room getting a massage. She talked about how she wants to hear peaceful flute music and not screaming kids when she gets her massage. My tension went up even more.
I asked if she knew that the child was autistic and she said yes, but she feels that all children should be banned from going to places like that and getting their hair cut. People in the massage rooms don’t want to hear kids yelling and screaming as they get their hair cut.
And I agreed with her, there is a place to take you kid in getting your hair cut. What I first thought was someone being discriminatory was not – it was someone who actually had a legitimate point to make.
So I learned a bit, maybe I need to listen to someones full point before I jump down their throat.