Wheelchair Scooters & Common Courtesy

It never ceases to amaze me how rude people can be to those using a mobile-assist device, especially on the elevators.  I've seen people on an elevator not budge an inch to allow a fellow passenger to board with a scooter even though there is plenty of room. Likewise I have seen people on a scooter zoom recklessly through a crowd at the top speed the device can do.


Why can't we be more considerate of each other and extend common courtesies? LOL I remember the old days when men allowed women to enter and exit and actually held doors for them (My hubby still does thankfully!)

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If they aren't considerate at home, they aren't going to be considerate on vacation.

Also, as I have stated before, as cruise lines continue to lower the cost of vacationing, there is a strata of society that can suddenly afford to cruise. I know how that sounds, but I don't ever remember having these conversations when cruises were still somewhat of a luxury vacation. We are starting to consider other forms of vacationing due to some of the very problems mentioned in these forums.

BAK, you said that very nicely.

Let me know what you find. Many other vacations seem to have similar problems.... I'm too old (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) to camp, I have a built in buffer at Renaissance Festival (the outfits help a lot) and we haven't found any other outlet.

Unfortunately, this behavior is not limited to the cruise ships. Unless you enjoy vacations away from all civilization (and there is something to be said for those), you will run into the same "me first, you don't exist to me" attitude that is being described.

I just get grumpy. I try to yield the right of way to the less abled people. But when they try to run me over simply because they believe their handicap means that I owe them everything, then I am not ashamed to block their way temporarily.

I don't think common courtesy is taught anymore.

I agree with what Bak posted but I will still cruise. On another note I like to carry a rubber door wedge with me. If a demanding scooter annoys me enough I slip the wedge quietly under the wheel that receives the power when in the elevator.

Sometimes people in wheelchairs and scooters can be at least as discourteous as the people who are physically mobile, and it happens everywhere, not just on cruises. We will always move to the side to give more room to people in wheelchairs, scooters etc., but many times, they don't even say "thanks". In my opinion, we all need to get back to basics and remember manners and courtesy taught to us when we were young.

I would have to agree.

The fact it has to be taught, says so much.

I guess I'm just old and was brought up well. It surprises people when I open or hold a door for somebody older then me or disabled. Heck I'll let people go in line ahead of me at the market if they just have a few item and I have a lot.

It is a lot easier to be relaxed and polite when your retired. Big Smile


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