Discussion in 'Current Events' started by WaddleDoodle, Oct 5, 2007.
Have fun with this one...
I hate all this BS handicapped/blind/deaf/stupid/black accessible shit. You should not be forced to comply with this. It should be voluntary only.
My state made an ASS, of it's self
Fuck the blind
...when they're not looking.
Here's a solution...buy from Walmart & other stores that ARE accessable. When Target realizes they're losing money they'll get the software. They don't need a fucking law suit. And I hope that if this results in a net loss for Target that they discontinue the special software & tell those fuckers, "You weren't buying enough to make it worth our time."
Jesus, this should be something the free market decides. On the Internet there are 10000000 alternatives.... it's not like they are being deprived of anything.
That being said, Target is stupid. It would be a pretty simple task for a corporation their size to make their site section 508 compliant... a hell of a lot cheaper than a lawsuit and bad publicity would be.
Frankly, it never occurred to me that this could be ANY kind of violation... And now that I know it is, I don't get it. This is a colossal waste of the court's time.
What's next, suing Target because the site isn't in Spanish?
Actually, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.
In Sacramento, we have a cripple in a wheelchair that has successfully sued 30 businesses. In some cases he's won judgements in excess of $2 million. He's suing in the grounds that the businesses don't offer adequate handicapped access to areas in that business.
Case in point, a restaurant with downstairs and upstairs seating. He came in one a day when the restaurant was slow as hell (plenty of seats downstairs) he specifically asked if he could sit upstairs. Since there was nothing in place to help him up there short of carrying his ass, he left in a huff, sued, won, and the restaurant was forced to....get this...install an elevator to the upstairs area that's maybe 20ft wide, buy 60 feet long (8 tables in all).
This guy is using his disability as a way to extort businesses. He recently successfully sued a facility that was designed to give 'at risk' kids a place to play basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer because the visitor seating didn't have handicapped ramps for the upper levels. Due to the cost of the lawsuit, the guy had to close the place down.
Shitdick is right...what an asshole! I saw something about this on Bullshit! one episode - it was all about the ADA, compliance, etc. Although I do think the ADA law is a good one, some assholes like that guy take it waaaayyyyy too far.
Here's the thing - there are accessibility laws that make life easier for nearly everyone - curb cuts are a simple example. Curb cuts work for people in wheelchairs, people pulling luggage (think in a large city where there is mass transit which is used all the time), people pushing baby carriages....you get the idea. Same with lever-style door handles - not only are they best for gimps like me since I have no hand strength, but my husband sure appreciates it when he's carrying in an assload of groceries.
I'm in my late 30s, and when I was just a wee tot, most things were NOT accessible. I've walked (rolled?) through my fair share of restaurants via the kitchen because there was no front door access - don't even get me started on bars. Because I live in an area that has a lot of "historic" buildings (and this amazed me when I moved to a suburb of Philly), there are still a lot of places which are inaccessible (when looking for a job, for example, I have to do a dry run before an interview to make sure I can get into the building). When we lived out west, and since I've traveled throughout the majority of the US and internationally, it amazes me how inaccessible this area really is. Living out west is a cakewalk for me because I can get to 95% of the places I want to and not have to even think about accessibility.
In the cases you outlined above, that's just asinine. As long as their is suitable and equal service in both levels of a restaurant, they are compliant, which is fine.
Plus, remember, life just isn't fair. Suck it up and adapt.
Fuck, I would just give them stacks of monopoly money and tell them they won the lawsuit. Nobody would ever know.
It's kind of hard to fuck them when they are looking.
They should countersue the blind people for not being able to read the website. It shouldn't be their job to cater to everyone anymore than your job to cater to them.
QFT -- as someone with a blind father AND blind brother I concur. It sucks that certain stuff can't be accessed by the blind, but that's life. Where does it end if it starts with Target? Will Zag have to make Wackbag more blind friendly too? And if he doesn't can he be sued?
So, what's next, porn sites? That could be interesting.
Have to ask....genetic blindness with your dad and brother? That's exceptionally rare....
Also explains how I instinctively knew that you were "in" with the crip nip joke and I didn't feel the need to elbow you in the balls