Imagine heading out from home to get something and then your power chair dies. What would you do if you have no one to call to help you?
“Bill Dowe wasn’t far from home, a quarter-mile tops, when his motorized wheelchair conked out on him not too long ago in a McDonald’s on Reynolda Road. “
“I called 911,” Dowe said. “I know it wasn’t an emergency, but it sure felt like one to me.” “Nowhere else to turn, he borrowed a phone and called 911. The call went first to a city police dispatcher. “ ”The county dispatcher in turn followed the checklist, asked the proper triage questions and also determined that Dowe’s situation didn’t rise to the emergency level.”
“Customers didn’t pay him much heed. Dowe was unsuccessful in reaching his friends and grew increasingly desperate. By his estimation, a couple of hours had passed.”
He then offered $10 to a McD’s employee to push him home : “The employee punched out, and agreed. They crossed the busy intersection, and the terms of the deal, Dowe said, were opened to re-negotiation. ”He said, ‘This is worth more than $10,’ ” Dowe said. “I thought, ‘What happened to mankind?’ “
The Lesson Here: Use a manual wheelchair? Make more useful friends? Use a car? Carry a grappling hook for passing cars? What would you do?
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