Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Disney Concierges part 2! Yes, there's more!

After writing this post yesterday, I have been further reading what other periodicals and blogs have to say about it and everyone seems totally to think that it is malicious and a dastardly process. Like I imagine they think Cruella Deville herself is the one doing the hiring of these poor pitiful disabled people. [Tangent: And that's where I take issue.  It negates that anyone in a wheelchair has no free will....that they are incapable of making a choice.]


I agree that the practice of hiring a person in a wheelchair is slightly morally despicable and an abuse of the system....but I don't feel like it is abuse to or an unfair treatment of those disabled individuals (unless they do away with the practice of letting disabled to the front of the line because of it.). People are going on like they are being held on leashes and being sold into slavery...Good god, people. They are making $1000+ a day!!!

Those tour "concierges" are getting compensated...and handsomely at that. So it really seems like it is a mutually agreed upon business deal. It is explotative- YES...but so is being an underwear model or a circus act or a Hooter's waitress...but people do it everyday.

Maybe it's just me and my ploclivity to defend the unpopular viewpoint, but I don't think this practice deserves to be seen with the ire that it has. I mean, are we really shocked that rich people will pay ridiculous money for something to prove their superiority?  NO! I mean did we think Farnsworth Bentley was  being exploited when Puffy Diddy Dirty Money was too good to hold his own umbrealla? NO! We thought, wow what an easy gig! [Tangent: And not to mention he used this opportunity to launch a book, a line of designer umbrellas and a gig on Outkast's The Love Below (a personal favorite!)]


Do I think it's crazy? Absolutely. Do I think it will probably end soon? No. There is absolutely no way to monitor it and I really don't think its that rampant a practice either. It's kinda just the hot shocking story of the moment.

The real injustice in the whole situation, the one that is being ignored because people are focusing on the wheelchair contingent, is that these rich Manhattanites are teaching their kids that money will make you superior to others. But if anything this scenario, at least, means someone in a wheelchair is getting gainful employment that does not exclude, but rather is EXCLUSIVE to them because of their disability. I don't know if that is just me wearing rose colored glasses or not...but it's pretty true when you peel away the layers.


I'm sure I will somehow get people turning up their noses at me for once again taking an abject view as an advocate. [Tangent: But again, I never claimed to be politically correct....at all!] But if anything, I think this whole thing is empowering. The chair holds the power and is something desirable that these 1% want. Maybe it's good for those bratty little kids to be around someone for several hours who has a different lot in life. [Tangent: That would be the greatest silver lining in the situation. All kids could seriously benefit from spending time around someone who is different. Then they won't become ignorant slackjawed adults. They will go from seeing someone in a chair as something to be feared or mocked to someone they had a lot of fun with at an amusement park.] Let's see the brightside and stop assuming all those "poor pathetic cripples" are being taken for granted.

  Let the hate mail begin.

10 comments:

  1. It's the cheating aspect that bothers me, and it would be terrible for others to be punished for the rule breaking of the entitled few.

    "Maybe it's good for those bratty little kids to be around someone for several hours who has a different lot in life." Interesting point!

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    1. I agree with you that it is definitely abusing the system...but not abusing the disabled concierge. That's the distinction. I really don't think they could ever abolish the system though. It is near impossible to distinguish these from the real deal...and I don't think it's as rampant an issue as people think it is.

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    2. and i agree that I hope that this doesn't make them do away with the practice of letting the mobility challenge to the front. I don't think these bad apples will spoil the bunch

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    3. Agreed! It's condescending to think the practice is abusing the *paid* disabled concierge who is voluntarily acting.

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  2. I've been wanting to market my Disneyland superpowers for as long as I can remember. I always figured there must be people willing to pay for my privileges! Personally, if anything, I see it as the disabled exploiting the rich. Getting paid to hang out in "the happiest place on earth" is a super sweet deal. And the rich suckers apparently aren't willing to rent a free wheelchair like the common man who wants to cheat the system. Whatever. I think the people publishing the article should have kept their mouths shut, though. The world doesn't need to know about this! Just let us have our little corner of the black market! :)

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    1. Its such a good deal! Everyone wins in this situation. I have yet to see why people are so riled up.

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  3. "Let's see the brightside and stop assuming all those "poor pathetic cripples" are being taken for granted. Let the hate mail begin. "

    I agree. In fact, am I too old to get in on this? I could use the money!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    1. We should start a franchise out of Nashville!

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